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05–08 Mar 14

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“Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference”, Chapel Hill/USA

The conference is hosted by the Water Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators and will take place from 3 until 7 March 2014. The conference will bring together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders focusing on the questions of how and why the nexus approach is, and can be, used on international and local levels.

It is increasingly clear: There is no place in an interlinked world for isolated solutions aimed at just one sector. If the world is going to reduce hunger and eradicate poverty, achieving security for water, energy and food is critical. This challenge is becoming even more critical with the impacts of climate change, and water will be the medium by which we will address much of the nexus.

About the Conference

The Water Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators will host a conference on March 3-7, 2014 to examine the thinking and actions related to a nexus approach. The co-Directors of the conference will be Felix Dodds, Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, and Jamie Bartram, Director of the Water Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, supported by an International Advisory Committee. The conference will bring together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society, and business and other stakeholders focusing on the questions of how and why the nexus approach is, and can be, used on international and local levels.

Main Conference Themes

  • Building on the Water, Food and Energy Nexus Conference held in Bonn Germany in 2011, this conference aims to address four connected, but distinct relationships, with water being the central node of each nexus:
  • Water-Climate
  • Water-Energy
  • Water-Food
  • Energy-Food

Broad Themes

  • Economics and Finance of the Nexus
  • Politics, Policy, and Regulation
  • Ecosystem Approaches and Resilience
  • Resource Scarcity and Security
  • Remote Sensing and GIS Approaches

Conference Participants Will Aim to:

  • Learn from relevant case studies & examine cutting-edge research
  • Identify future research areas
  • Debate emerging solutions
  • Identify how science can inform policy processes
  • Build new, or strengthen, existing networks
  • Launch the Nexus Academic-Practitioner Network

Plenary Speakers

  • Albert Butare, Former Energy Minister of Rwanda and Co-Chair of the 2011 Bonn Nexus Conference
  • Paula Caballero Gomez, Director of Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Colombia

Urban Challenges of the Nexus: Local and Global Perspectives

  • Maruxa Cardama, Executive Project Coordinator Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda
  • Michael Schmitz, Executive Director of ICLEI US
  • Nicholas You, Chairman, UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee; Chairman, Assurance Group for Urban Infrastructure of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Urban Strategy Council of GDF Suez
  • Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Jens Berggren, Director for Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Industry Water Award, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
  • Jonas Monast, Director of Climate and Energy Program at the Nicolas Institute Duke
  • Diego Rodriguez, Program Manager for the World Bank
  • Elizabeth Thompson, Former UN Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator for Rio+20

Nexus Perspectives: Water, Food and Climate

  • Zak Bleicher, Partnership Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Hans Herren, President and CEO Millennium Institute and 2013 Right Livelihood winner
  • Jesse Hirsch, Staff Writer, Modern Farmer
  • Olav Kjorven, Special Advisor on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, UNDP
  • Hannah Stoddart, Head of Oxfam Head of Economic Justice Policy Team
  • Julie van der Bliek, Advisor Program and Business Development, International Water Management Institute
  • Lyle Estill, Co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels
  • Aneri Patel, Senior Associate, Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation
  • David Rothschild, Principal, Portfolio Team Skoll Foundation
  • Markus Wilhelm, Founder and CEO

Nexus Corporate Stewardship: How Business is Improving Resource Use

  • Dan Bena, Head of the Sustainable Development and Operations Alignment Agenda for PepsiCo Global Operations
  • Gary Lawrence, AECOM Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Stuart Orr, Head of Water Stewardship at WWF International
  • Katherine Teh-White, Managing Director, Futureye
  • Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group
  • Dr. Ania Grobicki, Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • Sylvia Lee, Water Manager, Skoll Global Threats Fundv
  • Geoffrey Lipman, Former Assistant Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization
  • Puvan Selvanathan, Head of Sustainable Agriculture at the UN Global Compact
  • Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

Learning from the Past, Building a New Future: Nexus Scientific Research

  • Lidia Brito, Former Assistant Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization
  • Dr. Jamie Bartram, Director, The Water Institute at UNC
  • Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Joshua Tewksbury, Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute
  • Joachim von Braun, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Side Event Submissions

Proposals for side events, such as meetings, workshops, networking sessions, training courses or open forums, are now accepted online at nexusconference.web.unc.edu/side-events. The duration of each session will be 1.5 hours. Full details on proposal requirements and available time slots are online.

The content and format is entirely the responsibility of the event organizers, as well as recruiting presenters and marketing workshops. All side event speakers and attendees must register for the Conference and any additional expenses are the responsibility of the side event conveners. Meeting rooms and audio/visual equipment will be provided by the Conference organizers. Accepted events will be listed in the conference agenda and briefly described in conference materials, but not otherwise promoted by the conference hosts.

Save the date

The Nexus Conference will run from March 5rd to 8th, 2014 at the Friday Center, Chapel Hill North Carolina.

Institutions

Related Resources

Nexus 2014

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

A Declaration from the “Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy” Conference, submitted to the co-chairs of the SDG OWG, the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN General Assembly. Nota bene: This document is not a communication to which all participants of the conference committed themselvs, but a message of the conference co-directors, Felix Dodds and Jamie Bartram.

Video

NEXUS Conference Video Channel

A selection of video recordings from the “Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference”, 5-8 Mar 2014, Chapel Hill/USA

Agenda

“Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference”, 5-8 Mar 2014

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators will host the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March 5-8, 2014 to examine the thoughts and actions related to a nexus approach. The co-Directors of the Conference are Jamie Bartram, Director of The Water Institute, and Felix Dodds, Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, with support from an International Advisory Committee. The Conference will bring together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders focusing on the questions of how and why the nexus approach is, and can be, used on international and local levels.

Related Events

05 Mar 14

Side Event at the Nexus Conference

Convened by Texas A&M University and Qatar National Food Security Program. With global population growing over 7 billion, accompanied by escalating economic crises, mismanagement of natural resources, climatic changes and uncertainties, and growing poverty and hunger, the world is living in a critical period defined by global challenges. These challenges are linked with social, economic, and political risks and unrest that present and future generations face.

05 Mar 14

Side Event at the Nexus Conference

Convened by IUCN, IWA and UNEP. The ecosystem services provided by natural infrastructure underpin water, energy and food security. The services provided by forests, wetlands and floodplains support and complement engineered water, energy and food infrastructure. Without healthy ecosystems in well-functioning watersheds, the infrastructure built for irrigation, hydropower or municipal water supply does not function sustainably and is unlikely to achieve the economic returns necessary to justify investments.

05 Mar 14

Side Event at the Nexus Conference

Convened by UNCCD and IASS. Soil and land degradation poses a great challenge for sustainable development. The world is losing approximately 24 billion tons of fertile top soil every year because of wind or water erosion. The development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a Post-2015 framework offers the opportunity to place soils and land on the global development agenda.

05 Mar 14

Side Event at the Nexus Conference

Convened by The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. This side event at the Nexus Conference at Chapel Hill will present the recently launched five-year project “Human-environmental security in the Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire: water-energy-food nexus” led by the RIHN in Japan was launched in 2013. The objective of this project is to maximize human-environmental security (minimize the risk) by choosing policies and management structures that optimize water-energy-food connections in Asia-Pacific region.

07 Mar 14

Side Event at the Nexus Conference

Convened by EcoAgriculture Partners. This side event will introduce participants to the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative (LPFN). This global Initiative, led by nine Co-organizers (including civil society, research, intergovernmental and Government entities), advances and supports integrated approaches to landscape management, promoting pathways for sustainable development that simultaneously address the full set of needs from the rural land base, including climate-resilient production of food and fiber, watershed management, biodiversity conservation, bio-energy, terrestrial climate mitigation, and rural livelihoods.

Related News

Sustainability Standards

To review, the food-energy-water nexus (one can keep stringing in nouns, -carbon –biodiversity –etc. into the “nexus”) is short hand for recognizing that many of these systems are interconnected.

Nexus Conference

Summary of the sessions at the “Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference”, 5-8 Mar 2014, Chapel Hill/USA, provided by Campus Blueprint’s correspondents Grace Tatter, Anita Simha, Gayatri Surendranathan, and Kyle Ann Sebastian.

Felix Dodds

“We will not solve the food security challenge unless we solve the water and energy challenges,” says Felix Dodds. “This may be the puzzle to end all puzzles. But there’s a plan. - by Jon Turney

Nexus 2014 Conference

Proposals for side events, such as meetings, workshops, networking sessions, training courses or open forums, are now accepted online. The duration of each session will be 1 1/2 hours.

Nexus Conference 2014

Felix Dodds has posted a first list of confirmed speakers for the forthcoming Nexus Conference in March 2014 in Chapel Hill.

Nexus Conference 2014

The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to November 1, 2013.

Related Media Coverage

21 Aug 13

Felix Dodds Blog

Felix Dodds gives an update on the agenda of the forthcoming “Nexus 2014: Climate-Water-Food-Energy” Conference taking place 3-7 Mar 2014 in Chapel Hill, USA. “One of the outcomes from the conference,” Dodds says, “will be a co-directors Declaration which will feed into the development of Sustainable Development Goals from a Nexus perspective.”

Further Reading

18 Feb 15

On 18 Feb 2015, the hosts of the event, The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators, announced that this conference, one of the leading nexus events of the year, has been cancelled due to very low registration.

09 Oct 14

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 Oct 2015. The Nexus 2015 conference will again have an opportunity to input to the Sustainable Development Goals process and will bring together governments, intergovernmental organizations, academics, local government, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders.

12 Dec 13

IWA WEC conference will provide a platform for discussion of cutting edge solutions to the world’s water and energy issues, while also addressing approaches to sustainable and effective adaptation throughout the water sector.

NEXUS in the Media

10 Dec 12

AME Info

The United Arab Emirates hosted COP18’s central discussion of the energy-water-food-climate nexus, in cooperation with New York University. The panel, “It Never Rains in the GCC,” had identified priority government interventions in the market to manage the nexus as its global significance intensities.

21 Aug 13

Felix Dodds Blog

Felix Dodds gives an update on the agenda of the forthcoming “Nexus 2014: Climate-Water-Food-Energy” Conference taking place 3-7 Mar 2014 in Chapel Hill, USA. “One of the outcomes from the conference,” Dodds says, “will be a co-directors Declaration which will feed into the development of Sustainable Development Goals from a Nexus perspective.”

25 Aug 15

Scientific experts from around the world gathered in Stockholm this week for the World Water Week to discuss the issue of water related crises the planet is facing as a result of climate change.

Partners

  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

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  • BONN
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funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen