On 25 January 2017, the Business Forum on Architecture, Planning and Construction took place at the Federal Foreign Office for the fifth time. This year’s event focused on the topic of construction worldwide and on how German expertise can help to meet global challenges.
In her opening speech, Minister of State Maria Böhmer said, “The construction and housing sector has a direct impact on the lives of billions of people worldwide. Providing affordable and secure living space, dependable infrastructure and a stable water and energy supply are some of the main tasks facing public services. Social peace, internal security and prosperity are closely linked to the question of how many people in a country have good housing, living and working conditions in terms of building quality.”
Böhmer explained that the goals of sustainability, water supply and urban planning aimed at providing affordable living space had been included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in order to underline their crucial importance. The aim of the Business Forum was to discuss how the German architecture, planning and construction sectors can help to solve the many global challenges.