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City of Bonn // The City of Bonn <<-->> Towards sustainable development worldwide

In Bonn, the United Nations are working towards sustainable development worldwide with more than 950 employees in 18 secretariats.

Their commitment is shared by a dense network of Bonn-based actors: six German federal ministries, 150 international and internationally active NGOs, scientific and academic institutions, development services, businesses, media and, of course, the City of Bonn itself. Climate change, desertification, biodiversity, early warning and international development are only a few of "Bonn's topics". Bonn stands for networking and dialogue, along with interdisciplinary cooperation and unexpected synergies. The City has become an active partner in many processes.

Several Conferences of the Parties to UN Conventions, major environmental conferences as well as a great number of events focusing on development cooperation have taken place here to date. Bonn is where the UN laid down a path to peace in Afghanistan, where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 2001, where global progress on clean energy was made at Renewables 2004, and where the 2008 UN Conference on Biodiversity helped to achieve a new degree of inclusion of stakeholders into the global debate. Bonn also hosted the mid-term conference of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development in 2009 and was honoured by the presence of some 80 laureates of the Right Livelihood Foundation in 2010.

For most of these events, Bonn provided much more than excellent facilities and logistic support. Together with local and international partners, the City offered supporting programmes and linked global debates to daily life by addressing the civil society in general or children and students in particular. International Mayors' Conferences in Bonn have had significant influence on the contribution and the recognition of the local level within global strategies. The "Bonn Spirit" embodies open-mindedness, multilateralism, constructiveness, cooperation and understanding.

Altogether, Bonn has become a renowned and appreciated platform for the international debate and a major hub for international exchange — a place to learn and benefit from each other on the path to a sustainable future.

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Governance

Publication // Competition for Land: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Coal Mining in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

By Simpson, G. B., Badenhorst, J., Berchner, M., Jewitt, G., & Davies, E. (2019). This paper highlights the conflict present between the WEF-Nexus and ambitious coal mining plans in South Africa´s Mpumalanage province. This is an excerpt of the original article, published in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science.

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Modelling and Assessment

Publication // Sustainability Indicators and Indices for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus for Performance Assessment: WEF Nexus in Practice – South Africa Case Study

By Nhamo, L., Mabhaudhi, T., Mpandeli, S., Nhemachena, C., Senzanje, A., Naidoo, D., Liphadzi, S. & Modi, A. T. (2019). This paper develops a methodology for indices able to display WEF Nexus performance, monitoring and evaluation, using South Africa as an example.

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Climate Change

Vacancy // Research Associate (Energy Water Climate Nexus)

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) in Texas, USA, is currently looking for a research associate in the field of the Energy-Water-Climate Nexus.

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