RE-Think Buildings Programme

Project Brief

RE-Think Buildings Programme

(Formerly known as Multi-agency support to UNCTs in mainstreaming resource efficiency in the housing, buildings, and construction sector)

 The United Nations RE-Think Buildings Programme is a joint initiative led by UN-Habitat in partnership with UNEP and UNOPS, and in support of the One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction (SBC) Programme for SDG12. The overall aim of the joint programme is “Promoting a common approach to supporting countries in leveraging their buildings, construction, and housing sector to achieve the SDGs”. The project outputs had the following objectives during its implementation 2020-2022.

1) Provide strategic support to the United Nations Country Teams to help countries in improving the sustainability of buildings and their impact on the environment, in particular on carbon emissions,

2) Support governments in transforming their buildings and construction sector to be a resource efficient, low carbon and climate resilient sector, through coherent policy support and results-focused programming based on science and facts.

The programme was piloted in Sri Lanka and Burkina Faso for 2020/2022.

In order to achieve the above objectives, the following outputs are expected at country level.

  • SBC Country assessment and roadmap
  • Value assessment methodology and draft certification
  • Mainstreaming and advocacy package for UNCTs

Project Duration:  March  2021-  December 2022

Implementing Partner: Ministry of Urban Development and Housing Sri Lanka

Lead Consultant: World Wildlife Fund US

Budget: USD 112 000


The RE-Think Buildings Programme is made possible thanks to the Multi-partner Trust Fund for Sustainable Consumption and Production. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund for SDG 12, a pooled fund established by six UN Agencies, is the means to accelerate the implementation of SDG 12 and deliver on Agenda 2030. Funding has been made possible thanks to the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), and the Government of Denmark.

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