On November 16-18, 2011, more than 550 people gathered in Bonn, Germany, to explore a visionary method of achieving sustainability through a groundbreaking conference called "The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus — Solutions for the Green Economy".
As the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability stated in its recently published report "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A future worth choosing", "it is critical that we embrace a new nexus between food, water and energy rather than treating them in different "silos". All three need to be fully integrated, not treated separately if we are to deal with the global food security crisis. It is time to embrace a second green revolution - an "ever-green revolution" - that doubles yields but builds on sustainability principles."
In our interconnected world, sectoral "silos" are no longer acceptable ways to approach our targets, because solutions based only on one sector or discipline will unavoidably affect other sectors, whether by design or accident. As humanity looks to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) for guidance and inspiration, the water-energy-food security nexus must be given a prominent role if viable and practical solutions are to be produced.
The Conference Synopsis, which was produced by OOSKAnews, is an easy-to-read document summarizing the Conference highlights, enriched by quotes from high-level Conference participants; it also includes various case studies such as "India: Nexus leads to annual 9,6% GDP growth" or "New seawater greenhouse technology replenishes irrigation" to illustrate the Nexus approach and the Green Economy.
- Bonn2011 // Messages from the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference
- Bonn2011 Nexus Conference // Background Paper "Understanding the Nexus" by SEI
- Bonn2011 Nexus Conference // Policy Recommendations