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
Guest Blog by Mike Barry: Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer
that time of year, publication of our annual sustainability (Plan A) report.
After the harum scarum dash to gather, collate, assure, sign-off and publish a
wealth of data we can breathe (for a moment!) and reflect on what it all means. Here
are some quick insights into what we’ve learnt at M&S in the last 12 months
on our Plan A journey. 1. Succession – Nine years is a
long time in the world of sustainable business. How many corporate plans have
come and gone since we launched Plan A in 2007? Too many! The continuity
offered by having a single multi-year plan has been incredibly important. It’s
allowed us to take long term decisions in a very short term turbulent retail
marketplace. It’s allowed us to build the skills and capabilities in our
business units to integrate Plan A into their ways of working. It’s allowed us
to pick our battles, knowing that occasionally we’ve just got to let a
that have been circulating for the last month have now proven to be true. The
Bulgarian government has withdrawn support from Irina Bokova as their candidate
for UN Secretary General and replaced her with Kristalina Georgieva, the
European commissioner for budget and human resources. There is
some evidence that the right of center parties in European capitals have been
behind this with some articles appearing in the last few weeks against Bokova.
The Guardian reported on the 26th: “one of her
(Kristalina’s) staff members was hacked and emails purporting to be from one of
her top aides were sent out to the rest of her office, instructing them to
attack Bokova”There is no
question that Kristalina has the cv and record to be a very good UN Secretary
General. She is a strong supporter of sustainable development issues she will pick up the SDGs and climate agendas with ease. She is dynamic and very personable and was very active around last week’s
UN General Assembly High Level se…
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It is with deep sadness that I heard of the passing of Tania Valerie Raguz.
Many of us will have worked with her at United Nations meetings over the past ten years when she was the First Secretary of the Mission of Croatia to the UN.
Tania Valerie Raguz was on the Bureau for Rio+20 and a Vice-Chair Of the Bureau of the seventeenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and most recently she had joined the world of NGOs working as the Public Affairs Advisor for the World Animal Protection previously know as World Society for the Protection of Animals. WAP had been very active around Rio+20 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and she helped their work particularly around the SDGs.
Tania played her role in helping to frame the agenda that we are all committed to delivering on. CSD17 was one of the more successful CSD and without Rio+20 there would be no Sustainable Development Goals.