Ordinary Meeting of the Joint Committee on the Globe Consensus 2023

Between November 14 and 15, the Ordinary Meeting of the Joint Committee on the Globe Consensus was held at Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) in Berlin, Germany.

It was opened with a public and online symposium on challenges and potentials for sustainable construction in Africa. Presentations were held by Wolfram Schmidt (BAM), Ian Minjire (Melanin Kapital), Patricienne Malengo Ngonga (Office Congolais de Contrôle), Uyanga Gankhuyag (UNDP/ACP-EU), Kolawole Olonade (University of Lagos), Bright Asante (BAM), Pheladi Tlhatlha (BAM), and Alice Titus Bakera (EPFL) focusing on materials specific potentials in Afica in conjunction with social, economic and environmental aspects.

The symposium was followed by workshops, in which ongoing activities within the context of GLOBE were reviewed and future activities were put in place. Among others the activities of the working group on benchmarking, regional activities and the sustainability strategy of fib were presented. Collaboration options with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the ACP-EU Minerals Development Programme were discussed.

With a wealth of input from these workshops, the Joint Committee on the GLOBE Consensus (JCGC) could meet and decide about the strategy for the next period, while the workshop guests were still invited to attend a laboratory visit at the hosting institution.