Forum Mondial Bâtiments et Climat

Date Du 07 mars 2024 au 08 mars 2024

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English version

The buildings and construction sector accounts for 21% of global greenhouse gas emissions . The climate impact of buildings is likely to increase in the coming decades due to rapid growth, especially in urban areas in the Global South. Yet, the buildings and construction sector is not on track to achieve decarbonization by 2050 . It is therefore more urgent than ever to change the way humanity constructs and uses buildings.

The Buildings and Climate Global Forum will bring together ministers and high-level representatives of key organisations in an effort to spur the decarbonisation and resilience of the buildings sector. The event is the first of its kind and will follow up on progress made at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

Co-organised by France and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), the forum will take place on 7-8th March 2024 in Paris , France.

The forum follows the successful launch of the Buildings Breakthrough at COP28. That initiative supported by 28 governments and the European Commission, among others, aspires to make near-zero-emission and resilient buildings the new normal by 2030.

The two-day Buildings and Climate Global Forum will be a unique opportunity for senior government officials and those in the buildings sector, along with other stakeholders, to discuss building decarbonisation and resilience.

Over 800 participants are expected. CEO and ministerial roundtables, plenary meetings, solution exhibitions and pitches will provide participants with the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. Governments will be invited to endorse a framework for global efforts to achieve decarbonisation and climate change resilience in the buildings sector.

Practical information

  • Date : 7-8th March 2024
  • Location : Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris
  • Format : only in-person
  • Access to the Forum : accredited persons only. No on-site registration.
  • Language :
    • english only for all the sessions on 7th March
    • english and french translation is available for the Ministerial sessions on 8th March
  • Organisers : Government of France and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC)
  • Contacts for the event :
    • UNEP :
    • French government :


  • Showcase the impact of the buildings and construction sector on the environment, and its significant role in achieving climate goals.
  • Demonstrate the importance of multi-level international collaboration to tackle carbon emissions.
  • Promote cooperation and partnerships among international actors and organisations to accelerate the transition to near-zero emission and resilient buildings.
  • Explore sustainable design practices, technological innovations, and solutions in the sector.
  • Inspire policymakers to establish and implement policies that foster energy efficiency and resilience in buildings.
  • Highlight the Buildings Breakthrough as a complementary initiative in service of advancing the international collaboration necessary for the decarbonisation and resilience of buildings globally.


  • Governments will be invited to endorse a joint statement, the “Déclaration de Chaillot”, which will outline an international collaboration framework for decarbonising the buildings sector.  
  • All stakeholders of the buildings sector will be invited to disclose their commitments and contributions to decarbonising the industry.
  • Organisations and stakeholder groups will be invited to disclose priority actions, including the 2024 priority actions of the Buildings Breakthrough.


This event is by invitation only and aims to bring together invited participants, including ministers, national and sub-national governments, various actors of the value chain (Investors & asset managers, property developers, insurers & reinsurers, product manufacturers, Architecture, engineering and construction actors, property & facility managers, academia, philanthropists, etc.) and international organisations engaged in the decarbonisation and resilience of the buildings sector.

Other stakeholders can express their interest in participating in the forum via this form. Expressions of interest do not constitute registrations and will be considered case by case by the organizers.

The programme

Thursday, 7th march 2024 - Thematic session day

Welcome coffee

Towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector, where do we stand?
This session will explore the current state of the buildings sector when it comes to decarbonisation and resilience. It will include the presentation of the annual Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction.

Room - Track 1 : From Local Roots to Global Impact - Exploring the Role of Local Governments in Effective Multilevel Governance to Decarbonize Buildings

Room - Track 2 : Sufficiency and the Built Environment - Reducing Demand for Materials, Energy and Land  as a Critical Addition to Efficiency and Renewables

Room - Track 3 : Adequate housing for all - Strategies, commitments and innovations for fair and sustainable housing systems

Room - Track 4 : Harmonizing policies for whole life carbon and resilient building goals

Room - Track 5:  Circular economy in the built environment - A solution to the triple planetary crisis

Coffee break and networking

Room - Track 1 : Advancing buildings’ decarbonisation and climate adaptation through urban planning

Room - Track 2 : Efficient buildings as key players in the energy system

Room - Track 3 : Financing green buildings for sustainable development - How development banks can scale up action

Room - Track 4 : Decarbonizing buildings, leveraging the power of public procurement

Room - Track 5 : Decarbonizing building materials: cement, steel, bricks, glazing, insulation

Lunch break, exhibition, networking

Room - Track 1 : Unlocking potential of the heritage and existing built environment to accelerate sectoral climate mitigation, adaptation, and capacity building

Room - Track 2 : Passive design for cooling and heating: Resilient buildings

Room - Track 3 : Assets and insurable buildings in a changing climate

Room - Track 4 : Data and whole life cycle

Room - Track 5 : Accelerating the use of wood & biobased materials to decarbonize buildings

Amphitheatre - Sustainable buildings talks: inspired by architecture

Coffee break and networking

16:15 to 17:30 - Thematic sessions : Round 4
Room - Track 1 : Decent jobs in a changing climate: Skills and capacity building for an inclusive and just transition

Room - Track 2 : Equipment for sustainable heating and cooling: how to accelerate deployment?

Room - Track 3 : Private finance supporting the net-zero transition for buildings

Room - Track 4 : Achieving climate-resilient buildings

Room - Track 5 : Solutions and challenges for digital innovation to drive the reduction of whole life carbon emissions

Amphitheatre : Renovation of the global building stock at scale

  • 11:00 to 12:30 : Union for the Mediterranean
  • 13:00 to 14:15 : Business CEO roundtable
  • 14:30 to 16:00 : Local governments roundtable

Welcome cocktail

Friday, 8th march 2024 – Ministerial dialogue day

Welcome coffee

Déclaration de Chaillot: Together for Implementation

The ministerial declaration aims to create a dynamism in international collaboration and commitment, both from governments, state and non-state actors in the building and construction sector.

Stakeholders plenary

English/French simultaneous translation

The ‘Global Engagement Plenary Session’ at the Buildings and Climate Global Forum will unveil the “Declaration de Chaillot'' and launch the Buildings Breakthrough priority actions. This session will highlight the commitments of stakeholders across the supply chain and the power of international collaborations in achieving near-zero buildings. It will also announce collective engagements of key stakeholder groups from across the value-chain.

Lunch break and networking

Theme 1 : Renovation

Theme 2 : New Buildings

Theme 3 : Housing

Theme 4 : Passive design heating and cooling

Theme 5 : Adaptation and Resilience

Coffee break and networking

Theme 1 : Roadmaps and NDCs

Theme 2 : Finance and Acceptability

Theme 3 : Partnership and value chain

Theme 4 : Regulation

heme 5 : International cooperation - Buildings Breakthrough

Coffee break and networking

English/French simultaneous translation

Build Our Future: From Paris to Belém

This high-level closing plenary will reflect on the achievements of the first Buildings and Climate Global Forum and pave the road of the sectors' transition onwards to COP30 in Belem, Brazil.

Find out more about the thematic session day and ministerial dialogue day

Access to the detailed programme (PDF)

Exhibition and pitches

These will take place in parallel in the same venue during 7-8 March from 10:00 to 18:00. Construction21 is in charge of the organisation and coordination.