The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) catalyses the uptake of sustainable buildings for everyone, everywhere by transforming the building and construction sector across three strategic areas – climate action, health & wellbeing, and resources & circularity.
WorldGBC is the world’s largest and most diverse network for green buildings with over 37,000 members across 70 national Green Building Councils (GBCs) who, for over a decade, have been a force of positive change in the built environment. GBCs lead from across the industry and are committed to transforming the building and construction market through advocacy, education, rating systems and thought leadership. Together they have registered more than 2.9 billion square meters of green buildings through the network’s various rating systems, trained 46,800 people annually, reached +500 million people and strengthened policy in 30 countries in the previous year alone.
To provide thought leadership in transforming the built environment across the continent of Africa, the Africa Regional Network (ARN) of WorldGBC instituted the Africa Green Building Summit (AGBS) as an annual event that brings all the Green Building Councils in Africa under one roof to act on climate through a sustainable built environment for everyone, everywhere.
In previous years, the event was hosted in 2017 by the Kenya Green Building Society under the theme “Financing Sustainable Development Goals”, in 2018 by Mauritius Green Building Council under the theme “Transform our Future” and in 2020 by Ghana Green Building Council under the theme “Green Buildings & Green Finance in Africa”.
Building on the success of these previous summits, the Africa Green Building Summit (AGBS) will be hosted in 2021 by Green Building Council Cameroon (GBC CAM) under the theme: “The Africa We Want: A Sustainable Built Environment for Everyone, Everywhere”. The theme anchors climate action through the built environment, including buildings, infrastructure and utilities across the continent.
The two-day event (6th–7th October 2021) will have keynote addresses from:
Cristina Gamboa, CEO of World Green Building Council, who will set the expectation needed from the region to ensure that buildings provide a high quality of life for people, minimise negative impacts on the environment and maximise economic benefits.
Clement Adjorlolo, Smart Places Programme Officer at AUDA-NEPAD, who will address the urgency of collaboration between the African Union and the WorldGBC Africa Regional Network in meeting Agenda 2063 Goals and the development of smart sustainable cities
The WorldGBC Africa Regional Network will also launch the ARN Manifesto that will articulate our declaration of the intentions and targets, as Green Building Councils across the regional network, in this decade of action.