MPGCA: Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day Action Event: Decarbonizing and adapting our Built Environment and Cities


Welcome by the Master of Ceremony Master of ceremony:

Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council


Opening panel:

Scene setter and anchor in Race to Zero, Race to Resilience and Human Settlements Pathway

Moderated by:

Master of ceremony - Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council


  • Ekrem Imamoglu, Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey
  • Romeu Zema, Governor of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Elizabeth Chege, Chair of Africa Regional Network at World Green Building Council


Panel discussion 1:

Creating a fairer future: Cities and regions enable the just transition to 1.5-degree living Interventions to focus on circular economy, building resilience, and fostering just transition in critical sectors.

Moderated by:

David Miller, Managing Director of International Diplomacy, C40


  • William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, USA, ICLEI USA board member
  • Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku, Finland, ICLEI Vice President
  • David Ige, Governor, State of Hawai’i, USA
  • Claudio Castro, Mayor of Renca, Chile
  • Abdellatif Mazouz, President of the Casablanca Settat Region, Morocco
  • Pamela Escobar Vargas, C40 Global Youth and Mayors Forum


Fireside chat 1:

Anticipating challenges for an equitable and resilient future

  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Manisha Gulati, Senior Advisor, Coalition for Urban Transitions


Panel discussion 2:

Leading collaborative action in the Built Environment Focus on the contribution of the BE as a critical and necessary solution to climate action. Showcasing action-based, collaborative solutions from business leaders to demonstrate ambition in line with the HS Built Environment pathway.

Moderated by:

Roland Hunziker, Director of Cities and Built Environment, WBCSD 3


  • Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO Gensler
  • Lena Hok, Senior VP Sustainability Skanska (TBC)
  • Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd
  • Andreas Berger, CEO Corporate Solutions SwissRE
  • Ayaan Adam, CEO Africa Finance Corporation Capital
  • Maria Ascension Baz Lorenzo, SACYR


Fireside chat 2:

Regional governments accelerate the global Race to Zero and Race to Resilience

Moderated by:

Nigel Topping, COP26 High-level Climate Action Champion

  • Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Aaditya Thackeray, Cabinet Minister of Environment & Climate Change, State of Maharashtra, India


Concluding remarks by the High-Level Climate Champion & event wrap-up