Addressing Resilience through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy Tuesday 17th 1:15-2:30 Room F
through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy;
Cities as SDG Laboratories
Tuesday, July 17th, 1:15-2:30 pm
Conference Room F, next to the UN bookshop
organized by Stakeholder Forum and the International
Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be
achieved if they are pursued in an integrated manner. The way
cities and human settlements are designed, planned, built, financed
and governed has far-reaching implications for a life of dignity
for all people and for the sustainable future of our planet.
Globally, cities are increasingly recognised as transformative
development actors, and their relevance for the implementation of
the 2030 Agenda is acknowledged as not only crucial, but
imperative. There are many opportunities to shape the consideration
of urban sustainability issues – both in the conceptualization of
the Nexus, as well as in follow-up and review processes.
For this reason, members of the Nexus community of researchers,
academics, non-governmental organizations,policy makers, the
private sector and other key stakeholders have been working
together to identify the success, challenges, opportunities, and
tools for implementation in addressing the Nexus at the local, national
and transboundary levels. This side event will look at some of
Local action must drive implementation. Encouraging local and
regional governments to develop their own synergistic
implementation plans is needed. National urban frameworks or policies
are a useful tool to address the 2030 Agenda alongside other
The Nexus approach is essential in recognizing the indivisible
nature of the SDGs and fundamental in delivering these goals. It
brings into focus the positive synergies and potential negative
tradeoffs that arise when working to achieve the ambitious 2030
Agenda and helps develop practical solutions to key issues.
Understanding the interlinkages between water, energy, food and
building resilience plays a crucial role in delivering sustainable
outcomes and helping global communities to deliver the SDGs, end
poverty, and create more equitable and peaceful societies. Applying
them at the local level where over 60% of the SDG targets will need
to be delivered is critical.
Attention to urban issues and involvement of local and regional
governments, local actors and global urban actors is important and
moreover crucial for the achievement of the goals of follow-up and
review. The value of progress reports that address urban sustainability
issues will be limited without reflective and iterative knowledge
learning capacities. Ones that are embedded in processes that allow
actors to reflect on their messages, discuss advances and
shortcomings, learn from them, and consequently adjust policies and
programmes where necessary.
Nouhan Chairman, Stakeholder Forum for a
Ringler Chair of the FE2W Network
Mark Ritchie CEO of Minnesota World’s
Fair Bid Committee, he is the 21st Minnesota Secretary of State
NdugwaOfficer in charge of the Global
Urban Observatory Unit in the Research and Capacity Development
Branch at the UN- Habitat
Doddswas co-director of the 2018 and
2014 Nexus Conference
BouffordPresident, The International
Society for Urban Health
My new book Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in A Time of Fear (Routledge) is on advance order on amazon - out July 9th.
I would also like to thank my co-authors Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Carolina Duque Chopitea, Minu Hemmati, Susanne Salz, Bernd Lakemeier, Laura Schmitz, and Jana Borkenhagen for their chapters - which are awesome!! While underscoring that my co-authors do not necessarily agree with the chapters written by other people.
The book will be out in July for the High Level Political Forum where we will be launching the book. Let me share with you the introduction for the book...and a few reviews out already. “A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.” (Kennedy, 1966) A changing world
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