The Nexus approach requires systemic thinking and a
quest for integrated solutions to guide our decision-making about
resource use and development and move to a more sustainable planet.
The plenary themes for the Nexus 2014 Conference are:
Urban Challenges of the Nexus:
Local and Global Perspectives
The world has passed the second wave of urbanization
with more than 50% of the population now living in urban areas—expected
to rise to 60% by 2030. The challenge of providing increased food,
water and energy is huge and interlinked.
Nexus Perspectives: Water, Energy
Water and energy have a symbiotic relationship; all
types of energy provision consume water, and water supply and sewage
disposal require energy. This theme explores traditional and
alternative energy sources and the opportunities moving forward.
Nexus Perspectives: Water, Food and
Agriculture is one of the dominant water users in the US
and abroad. Understanding how to conserve water and reuse water can
have a dramatic effect on water availability and food production in the
Natural Resource Security for
People: Water, Food and Energy
As the challenges for water, energy and food become
greater, the competition for these resources will also increase.
Individuals, companies, and countries need to think critically about
resource management and use, both now and in the future.
New businesses are increasingly adopting an
environmental outlook. What are start-ups in North Carolina and around
the world doing to address water, food, climate and energy?
Nexus Corporate Stewardship: How
Business is Improving Resource Use
Industry is a great user of water and energy, and a
major food producer. How can corporations address competitive demand
and related resource use? What are corporate best practices in
sustainability and “greening” business?
Financing the Nexus: Policy and
Often funding is through sectors. In a more interlinked
world, how can traditional and new funding be utilized?
Below are potential areas for abstract submissions. They
do not represent what will be chosen, but topics that we will explore
during the Conference. We hope you will join us in March.
Achim Steiner will be the new Administrator of UNDP.
In an interesting move UN Secretary General António Guterres has picked former Executive Director of UNEP as the new head of UNDP. He will take over from Helen Clark in the summer and will be facing some challenging financial issues as the funding for UNDP has halved during Helen's term of Office. The organization has also seemed to lack any vision of what it is there for.
Steiner saw funding for UNEP increase during his term of office and he oversaw the implementation of the Rio+20 commitment to create a biannual United Nations Environment Assembly which has all member states as members.
Ina press report there was some unhappiness that the position had not gone to a woman. One of the candidates that did not succeed was French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, she was surprised at the decision because Guterres had promised a woman would take the job.
"I regret it, of course. That doesn't gel with what was said, but…
The UN-Habitat Executive Director's position has been advertised. Please circulate this within your networks to all eligible interested parties. The call for expression of interest can be found here. The post should go to a developing country candidate as UNEP has gone to a WEOG candidate and so to balance the senior management in Nairobi money must be on a developing country candidate. In March this year i made a number of suggestions - now that the position is open again let me remind you who they were. I have added Karla Šlechtová the Czech Minister of Regional Development. Developing Country suggestions
Ambassador Macharia Kamau the Kenyan Ambassador to the UN in New York and of course well known to all of us for the amazing work he did in co-chairing both the Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group and the negotiations for the 2030 Agenda. In May 2016 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Kamau and Mary Robinson as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General …