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

Conference // "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 {http://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.

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

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