The Urban Nexus

The 21st century is the century of rapid urbanisation. Already today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it is expected to be two thirds. These people, with their basic requirements of water, energy and food, will determine future global resource consumption. Ensuring the supply of growing populations and their changing consumption patterns within global boundaries is a challenging task. The urban supply needs already exceed the capacities of the surrounding rural areas in many cases. Isolated sector planning is therefore no longer feasible. Instead, integrated and holistic approaches are crucial to overcome trade-offs and create synergies for sustainable urban development. This is what the Urban Nexus Approach seeks to achieve in order to contribute to greater resource efficiency.

News on the Urban Nexus

Sanitation and Wastewater

Water Supply in Southeast Asia // "Water is life, contaminated water might mean death"

By Ruth Ehrbeck. 2.1 billion (3 in 10) people worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water, 4.5 billion (6 in 10) people worldwide lack safely managed sanitation, though there is a human right to water and sanitation! The energy cost for pumping water and treating waste water closely links water and energy. As part of the Urban Nexus Programme, GIZ has set up metering and monitoring schemes in India's city of Rajkot and in Korat in Thailand.

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FAPESP Fellowships // Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainable Urbanization

The FAPESP Fellowships is linked to the Belmont Forum/JPI project “Understanding Innovative Initiatives for Governing Food, Water and Energy Nexus in Cities”, Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative. Deadline is 31 July 2018.

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Southeast Asia // Urban Nexus Approach Presented at the ICLEI World Congress in Montreal, Canda

The Urban Nexus approach was presented by GIZ at ICLEI's 10th World Congress, an event attended by more than 1,000 participants from all over the world - mainly mayors and city representatives - discussing urban challenges and opportunities, sharing best practice examples and learning from one another.

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The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI) // 15 Projects that Will Take On the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a call jointly established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe. The cooperation was established in order to bring together the fragmented research and expertise across the globe to find innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge. 15 selected projects will start during the first half of 2018.

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Events on the Urban Nexus

SDGs

HLP 2018 Side Event // Addressing Resilience through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy – Cities as SDG Laboratories

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be achieved if they are pursued in an integrated manner. The way cities and human settlements are designed, planned, built, financed and governed has far-reaching implications for a life of dignity for all people and for the sustainable future of our planet. Globally, cities are increasingly recognised as transformative development actors, and their relevance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is acknowledged as not...

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Kick Off Meeting // The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)

JPI Urban Europe and Belmont Forum invite all projects funded in the SUGI (Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiatives) Food-Water-Energy Nexus call and representatives from involved funding agencies to a projects kick-off meeting in London on June 11 - 12, 2018.

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Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme // Training Workshop: "Urban Nexus in the MENA Region"

The Nexus Regional Dialogue in the MENA Region as part of the Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme conduced the training in in collaboration with the MENA Region Initiative as a Model of Nexus Approach and Renewable Energy Technologies (MINARET).

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Workshop at the World Resources Forum 2017 // Rural Urban Nexus – Governance for Sustainable Land Use through City Region Food Strategies

This workshop aims to: Provide an overview of relevant aspects of the rural-urban nexus and the need for integrated development and the opportunities this provides for resource efficient land use; explore and discuss implications of such an integrated perspective towards local governance, policy and research needs with the development of urban food strategies as an example; look in-depth at city region food systems and their resource saving potentials as one applied nexus case.

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Resources on the Urban Nexus

SDGs

Presentation // Nexus Message on Water-Energy-Food-Climate Through an Urban Lens

By Felix Dodds. Held at the HLPF Side event on "Addressing Resilience through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy – Cities as SDG Laboratories", 17 July 2018, at United Nations Headquarters, part of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

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Urban Nexus

Making Sense of the Urban Nexus // An Integrated Approach to Intersecting Challenges

By Giulia Salvaterra and Michael Woodbridge. Cities are sites of complex and intersecting challenges which threaten the success of the global sustainable development agenda. All over the world, cities face persistent challenges related to increasing climate- and weather-related impacts, insufficient infrastructure, sustained poverty and inequality, resource scarcity, and sustainable service provision. Finding solutions to these challenges will be made even more difficult by growth and migratory...

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Documentation Kick Off Meeting // The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)

Researchers and project partners from the 15 projects funded in the JPI Urban Europe and Belmont Forum joint call “Sustainable urbanization global initiatives – food water energy nexus” met in London for a two days’ kick-off meeting in the beginning of June.

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The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI) // 15 Projects that Will Take On the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a call jointly established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe. The cooperation was established in order to bring together the fragmented research and expertise across the globe to find innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge. 15 selected projects will start during the first half of 2018.

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