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Riyadh, 17 Dec 13

UN-Habitat Regional Director Dr. Mostafa Madbouly and the Saudi Green Building Forum's Secretary General Eng. Faisal Al Fadl.
UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Arab States’ Director Dr. Mostafa Madbouly has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saudi Green Building Forum and the Egyptian Council for Green Buildings, launching the first Arab Network for Green Buildings.

The agreement aims at enriching professional architecture and the science of green buildings, through creating a forum for knowledge and experience exchange to contribute to sustainable urban development. It also aims to conserve architectural heritage and natural resources while limiting the detrimental effects of urbanization on the environment. This will further add to the experience of professionals in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab countries, in both the public and private sectors.

Once in effect, the memorandum will achieve its goals through full coordination of conventions, forums, symposiums, training programmers, lectures and publications. The partners will also work together on developing indicators for green building and sustainable urban development as well as increase capacity of government entities and staff in these areas. Moreover, it will launch specialized studies and projects about common concerns such as water conservation and climate change adaptation.

The agreement was signed last month at the fourth Saudi Forum for Green Building held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Forum is designed to demonstrate the kingdom's capacity and efforts through setting national policy for the environmental impact of the built environment whilst encouraging design, construction and operation of highly efficient sustainable buildings.

The concept of ‘Green Buildings’ aims to achieve the goals of sustainable development, through full utilization of clean renewable energy sources, mitigation of buildings’ environmental effects, and utilization of environmentally friendly and recycled construction materials and energy sources. It also adopts innovative and creative urban planning, involving smart urban spaces, that allow for the best use of water and energy, hence mobilizing cities against climate change effects.

 
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