Dresden Nexus Conference DNC2020

Announcement // Dresden Nexus Conference 2020

The Dresden Nexus Conference will take place virtually from the 3rd to the 5th of June, 2020. The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme will be attending and delivering a presentation on its work in the Niger basin in a session on Friday.

The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) is an international conference series dedicated to advancing research and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to resource management. By bringing together actors from a diverse range of disciplines and sectors, DNC fosters dialogue on how nexus thinking contributes to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The third Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC2020) will take place 3–5th of June 2020 under the theme “Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society”. Dresden is one of Germany's most dynamic cities; the capital of Saxony is known for its indomitably pioneering approach, advancements in high technology, and strong research landscape.

DNC2020 aims to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy by focusing on identifying and discussing the concepts that nexus thinking offers to support the transition towards a circular economy. A Nexus Approach shares many synergies with the concept of a circular economy - a system that eliminates waste, keeps resources in use, and contributes to regenerating natural systems.

DNC is a one-of-a-kind event, bringing together actors from academia, civil society, industry, and government from all over the world to discuss the sustainable management of environmental resources in Dresden.

Providing a platform for exchange on this topic is crucial to ensure the findings and good initiatives from the scientific community are communicated to the right actors for implementation – political decision makers as well as local stakeholders and representatives of the business community. DNC provides the scientific community opportunities to inform their initiatives through dialogue about the needs and challenges of political decision makers as well as local stakeholders and representatives of the business community. Across the scientific community itself, this platform is important because the discussion around the Nexus Approach must be inter- and transdisciplinary, involving, for example, the social sciences as well as practitioners.

Contribution of the NRD programme

  • Session 15
  • Friday, 05. June 2020
  • 9:30am - 11:15am

The NRD programme will hold a brief presentation on Friday, the 5th of June, in Session 15 (II), taking place from 9:30 to 11:15am. The presentation will run under the title: "Nexus Regional Dialogues (NRD) in the Niger Basin - The WEF Nexus as a peace enabler" and feature an interview by the leader of the Global Nexus Secretariat, Maria Ana Rodriguez with  Luca Ferrini, currently the Regional Coordinator for the NRD programme in the Niger Basin region. It is dedicated to the potential the WEF-Nexus approach holds in aspects besides resource- and WEF-security, especially in peacekeeping and in it being a tool for creating communication, cooperation and stability in the region.

Register here for the conference

The Dresden Nexus Conference can be attended for free as a general participant. Please find links for registration and further information below:

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