Satellite discussions begin

Satellite discussions begin

A worldwide network of initiatives is delivering substantial input for the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

The German Federal Government has launched a series of satellite discussions involving stakeholders at all levels of society who will draw up policy recommendations for achieving water, energy and food security.

These international discussion forums serve to involve major actors in preparing the agenda of the Bonn conference and to raise their awareness of how relevant the water-energy-food security nexus is to the Green Economy debate.

The satellite discussions also fulfil another important function, namely to link up the agenda of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference with existing initiatives, forums and networks, provide a platform for discussion, and feed the outcomes back into the Bonn2011 process. The discussions are supported by members of the German Advisory Group (DBK) and the International Steering Committee (ISC).

One of the focal points of the satellite discussions is the Regional Input Partnership, whose primary aim is to incorporate the regional perspective into the Bonn2011 process.

A substantial contribution to the process will come from collaboration with the Global Water Partnership (GWP), which is liaising with a worldwide network of regional associations to reflect on the major issues to be discussed at the conference. Various workshops and discussion forums are convened during regional GWP meetings to discuss priority issues relating to the water, energy and food security nexus from various regional perspectives. The outcome of these discussions will feed in to what are known as 'hot topic' sessions during Bonn2011, and will be taken into account when drawing up policy recommendations.

A further source of input to the satellite discussions is a series of debates called the Berlin Water Dialogues, an initiative of Berlin's Senate Administration for the Economy, Technology and Women's Issues, Berlinwasser and other organisations. At these regular international meetings, representatives of the political sphere, the private sector and the research community come together to discuss forward-looking solutions to global water problems. Dieter Ernst of the German Advisory Group is one of the initiators of the series, which was launched in May 2011.

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