In this era of population shifts, climate change and unprecedented levels of urbanisation, architects have an important role in responding to the complex challenges of the built environment. Through the effective planning, construction, development, management and improvement of cities, urbanisation can become a model for sustainable development. It’s time to embrace the intrinsic link between the built environment and job creation, livelihood opportunities, and quality of life.
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are part of a new sustainable development agenda, providing a framework for the goals and setting specific targets for alleviating poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all.
With its unique position of global representation, the UIA is well positioned to create a bridge between this UN agenda and the practical activities of architects around the world. The UIA Commission will respond directly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, raising awareness, creating knowledge, facilitating communication and disseminating information across its global network of members. In doing so, the Commission aims to ensure that architects are not just responsive to the new agenda for Sustainable Development, but prescriptive in its implementation and evolution.
Video: Commission representatives discuss what architects can contribute to sustainable development
Video: SDG Commission visits Rohingya Refugee Camp in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh, for joint seminar on Architecture for Displaced Persons