Date Change Advisory: The Nexus Conference has been moved to March 5th - 8th, 2014.
Change Advisory: The Nexus Conference has
been moved to March 5th - 8th, 2014.
2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th
through Saturday, March 8th due to the
scheduling of a just-announced meeting of the UN Sustainable
Development Goals Open Working Group.
This date change allows for participants to engage in
immediate discussions of the most recent UN deliberations at the
Conference and it presents an opportunity to extend the early bird
registration deadline to January 31st.
The Conference comprises a variety of panel discussions,
interactive and networking sessions, and research presentations aimed
at increasing the dialog around Nexus issues. To view the agenda
For any clarification of revised Conference
arrangements, please email email@example.com.
The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill will host the Nexus
2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March
5-8. The Nexus Conference will bring together leaders in business,
government, NGOs and research to discuss innovative and sustainable
solutions that address the intersection of the world’s water, food, and
energy needs and use in a changing climate.
To input the Nexus
approach to the Sustainable Development Goals being developed for
2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals
Launch an Academic and
The World Bank
UN Global Compact
World Business Council
for Sustainable Development
Confirmed speakers include:
Albert Butare: Co-chair of Bonn Nexus
Conference and former Rwanda Energy Minister
Adnan Z. Amin: Director General,
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Elizabeth Thompson: former UN Assistant
Secretary General and Coordinator, Rio+20
Michael Schmitz: Executive Director,
Hans Herren: President and CEO,
Millennium Institute and 2013 Right Livelihood Winner
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…
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