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Date Change Advisory: The Nexus Conference has been moved to March 5th - 8th, 2014.

Date Change Advisory: The Nexus Conference has been moved to March 5th - 8th, 2014.

The Nexus 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 click here

To register for the Conference visit

For any clarification of revised Conference arrangements, please email

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. 

Conference Objectives
  1. To input the Nexus approach to the Sustainable Development Goals being developed for 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals
  2. Launch an Academic and Practitioners Network
Conference Partners
  • The World Bank
  • UNDP
  • UN Global Compact
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • WWF International
  • Millennium Institute
  • Biovision
  • WSPA
Conference Speakers
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, ICLEI US
  • Hans Herren: President and CEO, Millennium Institute and 2013 Right Livelihood Winner
  • Maruxa Cardama: Executive Project Coordinator, Communitas
  • Jonas Monast: Director of Climate and Energy Program at Nicolas Institute, Duke University
  • Diego Rodriguez: Program Manager, World Bank
  • Hannah Stoddart: Head of Economic Justice Policy Team, Oxfam
  • Zak Bleicher: Partnership Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Aneri Patel: Senior Associate, Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation
  • David Rothschild: Principal Portfolio Team, Skoll Foundation
  • Gary Lawrence: Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM
  • Stuart Orr: Head of Water Stewardship, WWF International
  • Anders Berntell: Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group
  • Steve Waygood: Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
  • Geoffrey Lipman: Former Assistant Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization
  • Joachim von Braun: Director of the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn
  • Lidia Brito: Director of Science Policy and Capacity Building for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  • Johan Kuylenstierna: Executive Director for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Joshua Tewksbury:  Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute

The Water Institute at UNC


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