Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), has opened the sixth edition of its national campaign, Qatar Sustainability Week (QSW), during a press conference held at Msheireb Museums. As part of the extensive agenda, a range of events will take place from 23-30 October 2021, at various locations across Qatar.
In line with Qatar’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), QSW aims to raise awareness among the community through sustainability-oriented activities, as well as showcase the progress Qatar has made in the area of sustainability. It aims to provide individuals and community groups with innovative and practical solutions to the environmental challenges facing Qatar and the region, in order to drive the adoption of more sustainable lifestyles.
QSW is a unique platform for engaging public and private sector stakeholders under an overarching umbrella to link various sustainability practices and transform dialogue into action. It includes conferences, awareness sessions, exhibitions, guided tours, edutainment events, and public interest activities and initiatives.
The week-long campaign will cover more than 200 initiatives across a range of seminars and conferences, including family, sports, and awareness-based activities. Two of the biggest events that are planned to take place are Msheireb’s QSW exhibition and the Talk Green Series at Baraha. QGBC will also be hosting dedicated Focus Days during this year’s QSW, covering Green Hotels and Eco-Events for Qatar, challenges and pathways, in addition to Climate Change and Adaptive Strategies.
Speaking at the press conference, Engineer Meshal Al Shammari, Director of QGBC, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), opened QSW 2021 and highlighted its range of initiatives as well as the partners of this year’s campaign. Strategic partners include Msheireb Properties, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar Museums, Qatar Tourism, Tarsheed/KAHRAMAA, Qatar Rail, Qatar Free Zones Authority, Total Energies, QNB, Education Above All, Al Wakra Municipality and Tadmur Holding.
Commenting on QSW 2021, Engineer Al Shamari said: “The success of any form of sustainability focused initiative is dependent on collaboration, in our case between both public and private sector businesses, as well as individuals and the wider community. We’re proud to be working with such a strong group of strategic partners on this year’s Qatar Sustainability Week, without whom we would not be able to achieve our mission to promote and champion Qatar’s sustainability efforts.
“As we move towards a post-pandemic society, we must take action to once again prioritize sustainability, for the sake of our environment as well as the health of our population. Together, we can make a difference and match our power and passion with action, in order to drive real change.”
QGBC executives were joined at the press conference by representatives from all of the strategic partner organizations, who gave insights on their involvement in this year’s QSW, as well as their partnership with QGBC.
The press conference also introduced this year’s community partners, which include Greener Future, Doha Environmental Actions Project, BigB MeetUp, and the International Business Council Qatar-Businesswomen Building a Sustainable Future. Media partners for this year’s QSW include I Love Qatar, Marhaba, QatarLiving.com, Bigbfotografi, Essence of Qatar, What’s up Doha, and Doha News.
For more information on QSW 2021 and to register for events, please visit: https://qatargbc.org/outreach/qsw/home.
Source and cover image credit: Qatar Green Building Council Press Release
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