Sustainable Development Goals Commission
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 - embracing 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 Union of International Architects 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.
The Co-Directors are Natalie Mossin (Nordic Section) and Ishtiaque Zahir Titas (Bangladesh).
Ishtiaque Zahir Titas - BangladeshIshtiaque Zahir, FAIA, is a practicing Architect & Urban Designer from Bangladesh. He is the co-founder of Vitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd, a leading practice in Dhaka for the last 26 years. He did his post Graduation in Computing & Design in UK. He was a council member of IAB, Honorary Treasurer of ARCASIA, and Chairman of ARCASIA Committee on Professional Practice. He has been representing the UIA in UN Habitat advocating on professionals interests in the New Urban Agenda (NUA). As Co Chair PCG Professionals, GAP he made official statement in the 7th plenary meeting of Habitat III, in Quito, 2016. He worked as Policy UNIT expert for UN Habitat.email@example.com
Nathalie Mossin - Nordic CountriesNatalie Mossin specialises in the interaction between architecture, building technology and society. As Head of the Department of Building Arts and Technology at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Chairman of the Danish Association of Architects and a Council Member of the UIA, Natalie is a leading voice in setting the agenda for sustainable development at both a strategic and political firstname.lastname@example.org
news - A new UIA Commission on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Following the International Union of Architects (UIA) General Assembly in Seoul in September 2017, where a motion was tabled, a new permanent UIA Commission has been established to deal with the questions of sustainability.