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One Planet Network

RMIT Co-Leads the UN One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme.

The One Planet Network (OPN) organises the executive meeting where all the six One Planet Network programmes and United Nations network partners meet annually in Paris. The third annual One Planet Network 2019 Executive Meeting was held in Paris 23-24 May 2019. The meeting aimed to foster collaboration between the six One Planet Network thematic programmes and guide strategic direction for the Network as a whole. The Sustainable Buildings and Construction programme (SBC) coordination desk – Ministry of the Environment in Finland, RMIT University and UN Environment – presented the highlights of the new SBC work plan for 2019-2022—which includes its focus on circular economy in the built environment and affordable and resilient building practices. Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga, Co-Lead of the SBC Programme attended the meeting.

The audience welcomed a new approach that shifts from a focus on housing to a holistic approach that relates to the built environment and prioritizes on country needs. It was identified that while pilot projects are an important way forward, scaling up sustainable building practices is the goal of the SBC programme. SBC expressed its interest in being part of the task force mandated by the UNEA 4 Resolution between the One Planet network and the International Resource Panel (IRP) and plans to bring expertise on resource use in the building sector. The SBC programme also used this opportunity to present its cooperation with the SPP programme on procurement in infrastructure.
 
SDG 12 as was reiterated as the key platform for the One Plan for One Planet 2018-2022 strategy and the six thematic programmes were encouraged to concentrate on tangible impacts related to the implementation of the SDG 12 at the national level.  It was discussed that circular economy can support decoupling economic growth from resource use and attract the involvement of the private sector, which in turn, could prove that there is a business case for the SDGs. Additionally, better and more targeted communication on the benefits and achievements of the programmes was identified as a key for engagement of partners, attracting donors and raising the awareness of all stakeholders. 

Source: SBC Newsletter July 2019

01 July 2019

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01 July 2019

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