event 21 Dec 2018

SDG's // Nexus Approaches to Global Sustainable Development

By Jianguo Liu et al. Many global challenges, though interconnected, have been addressed singly, at times reducing one problem while exacerbating others. This article examines how Nexus approaches simultaneously examine interactions among multiple sectors and find trade-offs and synergies among them. If well implemented, nexus approaches have the potential to reduce negative surprises and promote integrated planning, management and governance.

category Research Papers, Publications and Books tag Governance tag SDGs
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Abstract

Many global challenges, though interconnected, have been addressed singly, at times reducing one problem while exacerbating others. Nexus approaches simultaneously examine interactions among multiple sectors. Recent quantitative studies have revealed that nexus approaches can uncover synergies and detect trade-offs among sectors. If well implemented, nexus approaches have the potential to reduce negative surprises and promote integrated planning, management and governance. However, application and implementation of nexus approaches are in their infancy. No studies have explicitly quantified the contributions of nexus approaches to progress toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. To further implement nexus approaches and realize their potential, we propose a systematic procedure and provide perspectives on future directions. These include expanding nexus frameworks that consider interactions among more sectors, across scales, between adjacent and distant places, and linkages with Sustainable Development Goals; incorporating overlooked drivers and regions; diversifying nexus toolboxes; and making these strategies central in policy-making and governance for integrated Sustainable Development Goal implementation.

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Authors

  • Jianguo Liu, Michigan State University
  • Vanessa Hull, Michigan State University
  • H. Charles J. Godfray, University of Oxford
  • David Tilman, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute, Oakland
  • Holger Hoff, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Universität Osnabrück
  • Zhenci Xu, Michigan State University
  • Min Gon Chung, Michigan State University
  • Jing Sun
  • Shuxin Li, Michigan State University

Published

September 2018

Published in

Nature Sustainability volume 1, pages 466–476 (2018)

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Stephanie Bilgram
Global Nexus Secretariat

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