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A Declaration from the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference

Building Integrated Approaches into the Sustainable Development Goals
A Declaration from the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference in the name of the Co-directors held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 5th to 8th 2014
Submitted to the UN Secretary-General, the President of the UN General Assembly and the Co-chairs of the Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group on the 26th of March, 2014
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Some 300 delegates from 33 countries representing governments, intergovernmental organizations, academic institutions, companies, environmental and development organizations and other stakeholders met at an internationally supported[1] conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from March 5th to 8th 2014 to explore how addressing interlinkages and an intersectoral approach can enable stakeholders to further the post-2015 agenda and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals currently being discussed at the United Nations.  

The following declaration is based on discussions, research and contributions associated with the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference and outlines how integrative approaches might best be built into the UN’s forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda.  

A comprehensive conference report that expands on the issues contained in here is available online at   under the header Conference Documents. 

We submit this declaration to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and commend it to the chairs and members of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals and to all those concerned with the post-2015 agenda and the creation of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Felix Dodds and Jamie Bartram
Nexus 2014 Conference Co-directors[2] 

DECLARATION Downloadable here

[1] Conference partners include the World Bank, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Human Settlement Programme, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, International Renewable Energy Agency, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, United Nations Global Compact, Futures Group, WWF, Stockholm Environment Institute, Millennium Institute, Global Water Partnership, Biovision, World Society for the Protection of Animals, and Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research.

[2] Conference Partners include those who significantly contributed to the development of the Conference’s agenda and vision. Additional organizations generously provided financial support and are thanked online at


  1. I couldn't find the comprehensive conference report. Could you give the exact download link please?


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