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Focus Day - World Green Building Council - Health and Wellbeing Framework MENA Launch

Start Date/Time:
05/11/20 12:00 PM Download ICS File
End Date/Time:
05/11/20 3:00 PM
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Date: Thursday 5th November
Time: 12.00 - 15.00 Doha Time (GMT +3)

The Health and Wellbeing Framework is WorldGBC's global project to support GBCs and their members to increase the demand and supply of green buildings which are supportive of the health, wellbeing and productivity of the people within them.

The fundamental project aim is proving green, sustainable buildings are better places for people as a way of engaging our audience towards demanding and creating a sustainable built environment.

This global project will accelerate a sustainable built environment by proving and supporting its benefits for people, particularly in relation to health and wellbeing. We recognize a number of important stakeholders with the power to exert major influence to swell the green building movement. We identify that industry (including both built environment and wider industry) as well as general public, academic experts, policy makers and many other bodies are key pillars for generating the large-scale change, and each have a role to play in order to achieve our goals.

As members of The WorldGBC, GBCs across the MENA region promote human comfort and wellbeing as an integral component of a green, sustainable built environment. Consequently the improved health, wellbeing and productivity of its occupants can be considered co-benefits of a sustainable building. As a building-focused organisation, we focus on features related to the building environment by promoting wellbeing as a component of a holistic approach to sustainability.

The GBCs in Emirates, Jordan and Qatar have been part of the steering committee of the Health and Wellbeing Framework development and are jointly with the MENA Network running the regional launch of the framework. Qatar GBC will be hosting the virtual event that will highlight the ongoing efforts among the regional stakeholders in promoting the health and wellbeing agenda as a key driver to the wider sustainability and climate actions.


12:00 – 12:40          Opening Session
                                Host welcome note
                                Meshal Al Shamari, Director Qatar GBC

                                WorldGBC welcome note
                                Cristina Gamboa, CEO, WorldGBC

                               “Health and Wellbeing Framework” overview
                                Catriona Brady, Head of Better Places for People

                               MENA Regional problem statement
                               Khaled Bushnaq, Chair of MENA Regional Network, WorldGBC

12:40 – 12:50         Break

12:50 – 14:00         Panel 1: Regional collaboration
                               Moderator: M. Asfour, Head, MENA & Africa Regional Networks, WorldGBC

                               WHO Regional Office
 Dr. Samar Elfeky, Regional Focal Point for Community-based Initiatives
                               and Health of Older Population 

                               UN Habitat Regional Office 
                               Dr. Erfan Ali, Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS), UN-Habitat

                              World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)
                              Sultana Afdhal, CEO
                              Panel Discussion and Q&A

14:00 – 14:15        Break

14:15 – 15:20        Panel 2: Regional examples / potentials
                              Moderator: Catriona Brady, Head of Better Places for People

                              Jordan GBC
                      Hind Hadidi, Green Academy Officer

                              Emirates GBC
                              Lora Shrake, Director 

                              Qatar GBC
                              Hamoda Youssef, Head of Technical Affairs, Qatar GBC

                              Panel Discussion and Q&A



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This event is run part of Qatar Sustainability Week 2020, go to www.qatarsustainabilityweek.com and register your pledge to make changes in your lifestyle for your health, wellbeing, economy, future, and the planet we live on