Moving from silo to nexus

Moving from silo to nexus

Second meeting of the German Advisory Group on 17 May 2011 in Bonn

The second meeting of the German Advisory Group took place at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and was attended by experts from politics, the private sector, the research community and civil society. They reaffirmed the thematic focus of the Bonn2011 Conference and discussed the next steps in the run-up to the event in November. Other topics of discussion included the underlying concept, the timeframe and issues relating to the participants and the agenda.

If all the water permanently available around the world were to fit into one bucket, how would this water be shared out among the water supply, energy and food security sectors? With this inspiring image in mind, the German experts began their discussion of the thematic focus of the Bonn2011 Conference.

Alongside a number of brief presentations on selected subjects, the meeting centred on how the "hot topics" of the conference would be presented. All members of the German Advisory Group are called upon to help shape the conference agenda, to contribute ideas and to propose invitees. Among the issues they identified as most relevant were the concerns of small farmers, the combined function of soil and water as key resources in ensuring water, energy and food security, and the social aspects of basic access to water, energy and food.

The Bonn2011 Conference is the first milestone in an extensive process to encourage an integrated debate on water, energy and food security. Related discussions at meetings taking place before and after the Bonn event (such as the World Water Forum in Marseille and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, both in 2012) will make valuable contributions to creating greater awareness of the nexus between these three concerns while also developing input for Bonn2011. A global online debate will be initiated via {} to coincide with the conference, where virtual participants can follow the proceedings and contribute their own questions and ideas in real time.

The second meeting of the German Advisory Group highlighted once again that Bonn2011 is not a purely intergovernmental event. Rather, the inputs and recommendations that comprise the German contribution to the Rio Conference are a collaborative effort by various stakeholders.

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