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Qatar Green Building Council hosts UN HABITAT/Urban Thinkers Campus 2018 in Doha

Publication Date:
13/05/18 2:16 PM
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QF Member holds event in co-operation with Ministry of Municipality & Environment and Qatar University

Doha, Qatar, May 5, 2018: Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), recently hosted the 2nd Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) in Qatar, under the umbrella of the World Urban Campaign, an initiative of the UN-Habitat.

The open platform campus, held under the theme ‘The Future of Doha, Gearing for a Resilient City,’ took place at the Qatar National Convention Centre on May 2. The campus facilitated discussions on topics and trends that have the potential to impact and shape the future of the city of Doha under the themes of ‘The Neighborhood We Need’ and ‘The Resilient City.’

UTC 2018 in Doha was a continuation of a successful campus held in May 2017 and is the result of effective collaboration with QGBC’s strategic partners The Ministry of Municipality and Environment and Qatar University-College of Engineering’s Department of Architecture. The event showcased proposed urban solutions through roadmaps, action plans, responsibilities, commitments and priority actions.

“Following the success of UTC 2017 we were proud to host UTC 2018 in its second edition,” said Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director, QGBC. “Together we set out to explore the most innovative ideas, technologies, and initiatives being used by cities today as they strive to create more livable and sustainable environments. The event was a platform for the stakeholders to coordinate their commitments, roles, and responsibilities to delivering the Qatar National Development Framework.”

Dr Ameera Al Hassan, Assistant Head of Office, UN-Habitat Kuwait GCC Office and Sustainable Development Consultant said: “The new Urban agenda covers all aspects of the Urban planning of a city. It Also emphasizes the essential collaboration between governments, and all aspects of the society to recognize the challenges that face the world. We appreciate QGBC’s role in supporting and hosting UTC for the second time in Doha.”

“We are very honored to participate in the 2nd UTC because it aims to achieve Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and supports the objectives of the National Health Strategy that was launched 2018 – 2022.” Dr. Alanoud Al Thani, Manager, Health promotion and NonCommunicable Diseases, Ministry of Public Health added: “Our ambition from today’s participation is to reach the level of a resilient city and a sustainable environment for our community, which directly leads towards supporting health and enhances its abilities and facilities.”

Mr. Jaber Al Qatiri, Head of General planning, Ministry of Municipality and Environment commented: “Today, we came to this event because we do support QGBC as an institution that focuses on the future of Doha, different Qatari cities and also engaged in the notions that we do participate in like: the notion of Sustainable Development, Green Cities and Resilient Cities.”

In January 2018, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment officially launched the Qatar National Development Framework (as the spatial translation of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy of the State of Qatar, with QGBC hosting it as part of its support for the National Vision.
For the full agenda, more information, and registration to attend the UTC platform, please visit: qatargbc.org