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June 9, 2017

1,800 experts and decision makers share practical ideas to transform cities worldwide
The urgent need to swiftly translate sustainability strategies and best practices into actionable urban development plans was a key theme of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 that concluded in Hong Kong on June 7, 2017.
     Regarded as the "Olympics" for the green building industry, the three-day conference was attended by a total of 1,800 green building advocates, public sector leaders, academics, and industry practitioners from 57 countries and regions. With the theme of "Transforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action," it included Keynote Speeches from globally respected thought leaders, as well as over 100 sessions where delegates engaged into deep-dived discussion based on academic research, business case studies, industry best practices, and government perspectives being shared.
     Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive; Dr QIU Baoxing, Representative of The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development & Counsellor of Counsellor's Office of the State Council, People's Republic of China; and other top officials of the Government of the HKSAR, officiated the Opening Ceremony on 5 June. 
     Set against a backdrop of China's rapid urbanisation and ongoing economic development, four special Mainland China Sessions investigated issues specific to green retrofitting technologies for buildings in China , challenges and opportunities brought by skyscrapers in the tier one cities, and the newly released assessment standard for healthy building, etc.
     Hot issues in different countries were investigated at the four dedicated Regional Sessions. Representatives from all 20 regional Sustainable Built Environment conferences held in 2016 shared their viewpoints in Hong Kong and participated in open discussions about the significance of current conditions, initiatives, and trends in their regions. The opportunity to compare and contrast approaches and learn from one another was greatly valued by participants.
     In closing WSBE17 Hong Kong, the International Co-owners of the Sustainable Built Environment Conference Series announced that Sweden will host the next world conference in 2020. Operates on a three-year cycle, the SBE Conference Series is regarded as the most influential of its kind globally.

Mr Matthew CHEUNG, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Government of
the Hong Kong SAR (third-right) gave speech in the Gala Dinner of WSBE2017
Hong Kong on 6 June. Mr Eric MA, Secretary for Development, Mr WONG
Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, Ir Conrad WONG, Chairman of
WSBE17 Hong Kong Organising Committee (second-left), Sr CHAN Ka-kui,
Chairman of Construction Industry Council (first-left) and Sr Bay WONG,
Chairman of Hong Kong Green Building Council (first-right) joined him on stage
for the toasting.

(from left to right) Mr Yves-Laurent SAPOVAL, Mr Pekka HUOVILA, Mr Gregor
HERDA, Mr Curt GARRIGAN, Ms Jennifer LAYKE, Ms Christiana FIGUERES,
Ms Christine LOH and Mr Roland HUNZIKER attended Plenary Session on
Climate Change and Sustainable Development in WSBE17 Hong Kong.


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