Nexus Conference - focusing on looking at the Nexus through an Urban Lens announces first speakers and there is still time to submit an abstract
The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended until November 15, 2017.
Registration is now open, with "early bird" discounts available until November 15, 2017.
Confirmed speakers include:
•Elliott Harris: UN Assistant Secretary-General UNEP
•Liz Thompson: former Energy and Environment Minister Barbados
•Pauliina Murphy: Head of International Government Engagement at Aviva
•Maruxa Cardama: Special Advisor Cities Alliance
•Jeb Brugmann: Director of Solutions Development and Innovation 100 Resilient Cities
•Dr Claudia Ringler: Chair of the FE2W Network
•Louise Karlberg: Director of Stockholm Environment Institute USA
•Naiara Costa: Head of the Secretariat for Together 2030
•Louise Baker: Coordinator External Relations, Policy and Advocacy UN Convention to Combat Desertification
•Jamie Bartram: Director of The Water Institute at UNC.
•Franziska Schreiber: Project Manager Adelphi
•Marianne Haslegrave: Director Commonwealth Medical Trust
•Dr. Catalina Spataru: UCL Energy Systems and Networks
•Felix Dodds: Chair of the UN 2011 Conference Sustainable Societies – responsive Citizens
•Dr. Minu Hemmati: Multi-Stakeholder Institute Founder
•Mathew KurianAcademic Officer at UNU-FLORES where he leads the Capacity Development and Governance unit.
The Water Institute is reconvening the Nexus conference in 2018 (April 16-18) . This will be the second Nexus Conferencethat we have organized. The first, in 2014, made a significant input to the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the Chapel Hill Declaration.
review of Sustainable Development Goal commitments (2018 and for the Heads of State review in 2019);
sharing of tools, indicators and methodologies; and
the identification of gaps.
Proposals should focus on the interface between some of these Nexus areas:
Migration and mobility.
We are looking for examples of different methodological approaches, indicators being used, comparative studies, solutions, toolkits, successful partnerships, gaps to be addressed, and reviews of the implementation of the relevant SDGs that address Nexus issues. Nexus 2018 is guided by an advisory board of experts from governments, intergovernmental organizations, academia, and other key stakeholders. We are currently seeking sponsors for the Nexus 2018 conference. More information on sponsorship benefits is available on the conference website. If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact Heather Pace.
As I write this blog Committee 2
is discussing whether the annual resolution on Agenda 21, Johannesburg Plan of
Action and Rio+20 should be scrapped. The resolution has been extremely
important in the last few years for the discussion of subjects such as the High
Level Political Forum and the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, the regional
dimension of sustainable development and Sustainable Consumption and
Production. Since last year, some developed countries started to challenge the
very existence of the resolution. Their argument is that it is no longer needed
because the 2030 Agenda should cover all aspects of the three previous
Although the 2030 Agenda does cover many of the aspects of Agenda 21,
Johannesburg Plan of Action and Rio+20 it does not cover all and reduces the
space YET AGAIN for debate and discussion on sustainable development. In
response to the concerns expressed by developed countries, G77 proposed this
year to shift the focus of the resolution to SCP.…
Interview Felix Dodds on Five Years of Nexus
Felix Dodds is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute and a Senior Affiliate at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He was the co-director of the 2014 Nexus Conference on Water, Food, Energy and Climate and has become a leading voice for the Nexus. Felix makes the start for a new series of Nexus interviews.First published on the NEXUS PLATFORM NEXUS Platform: The Nexus approach was very much created at the Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference and sharpened in Chapel Hill 2014. After now five years of Nexus: did the initial idea – increase the understanding of the interdependencies across water, energy, food and other policies such as climate and biodiversity – start to work out and why? Felix Dodds: There is no question in my mind that the Nexus approach was one of the important differences between the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. Al…
Ihor Dlaboha is a consultant who has worked for the UN helping to organize four UN DPI NGO Conferences. He also has over 40 years experience as a journalist.
Development Goals or 2030 Agenda
offer benefits for everyone on the planet and it behooves everyone to abide by
their principles. Even businesses should integrate sustainable environmental,
social and governance issues into their business models – and act on them.
The SDGs grew out of the United NationsMillennium
Development Goals, a set of eight targets that were designed for the onset
of 2000 16 years ago but in time deemed inadequate to improve life as we know
it on this planet.
Consequently, they were expanded by a partnership of UN
member-states and non-governmental organizations to include 17 goals and 169 targets that address
critical issues facing the world and cities, your business, such as the
eradication of extreme poverty, tackling global inequality and climate change,
promoting sustainable urbanizat…