Nexus Conference April 16-18th draft outcome available for comment and input

Message from the Nexus Conference

The draft outcome Message from the Nexus Conference is available here for you to read and send us focused comments and suggested changes.
Please submit all comments by April 1, 2018.
A new version will be produced for the conference to have available and a final version after the conference will be circulated to the Member States for their consideration when they are preparing the Ministerial Declaration for the UN High-Level Political Forum.
We would appreciate it if you sent any changes to the text as track changes to nexus@unc.edu.
Any comments should be sent to the same address.
Registration for the April 16-18th Conference can be done here. 

About the Conference
The “Nexus” approach is the one that focuses on overlaps across sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions.(Stockholm Environment Institute, 2017)The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce our intention to reconvene our Nexus conference addressing Water-Energy-Food and Climate in spring of 2018.This will be the second Nexus Conference that The Water Institute has organized.
 The conference will facilitate space for the development of collaborative work and focus on the:
  • Science-policy interface;
  • partnerships;
  • solutions;
  • 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.
It will build on recognizing and respecting the work that sector experts are engaged with while also addressing some key challenges that will require a Nexus approach these include:
  • Agriculture will have to produce 30-50% more food by 2030
  • Primary energy needs will increase by 40% by 2030
  • Demand for water will exceed global availability by 40 % in 2030
The surge of 200 million climate change refugees will reverse global healthcare progress by 2050
The first in 2014 made a significant input to the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the Chapel Hill Declaration. The 2030 Agenda adopted in 2015 at its heart has 17 SDGs, 169 targets, and 232 indicators. It is the blueprint to a more sustainable, fair and equitable world. It is the first global agreement that recognizes the interlinkages between sectors and suggests ways to address them.

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