World Sustainable Built Environment (WSBE) Conference 2020

World Sustainable Built Environment (WSBE) Conference 2020

Gothenburg, Sweden, will be hosting BEYOND 2020, the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, from 9 – 11 June 2020. The mission of this large event is to engage the global building sector and set up a roadmap of actions as a guide on how to best contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

By the year 2020, it’s estimated that 4.3 billion people will live in cities. This will have a profound effect on urban development, all over the world, and we have the responsibility to address the sustainability-related challenges with a global view and many different, local perspectives. Planning the cities and communities we hope to live in is the core of this journey, towards a vibrant and dynamic future in which the fate of humanity is in the balance.

The mission of the conference is to link the global building sector to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to define its role towards the achievement of 2030 objectives, by setting up a roadmap of actions that will guide the whole sector during the years between 2020 and 2030, and thus ‘beyond’ 2020. The event aims to cross the boundaries of knowledge, share top-level expertise and merge it, as well as to shape the future of the built environment.

The conference main theme is Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11). It embraces a global perspective that reaches across academia as well as private and public sectors, working together to develop concrete solutions and achievable implementation plans. These solutions will incorporate research, policy, finance, education, and innovative thinking, in order to create the resilient and sustainable built environments of tomorrow.

Key questions

  • How can the building sector contribute towards the creation of Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11) of the future?
  • What other UN SDGs (see below) should play a role in the pursuit of SDG11 from the built environment perspective?
  • How does the role and importance of the UN SDGs (relevant for the built environment) differ in various parts of the world?
  • What challenges and opportunities result for the building sector from implementing the UN SDGs?

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