Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, Luncheon Session, World Water Day 2014

21 Mar 2014
Bangkok, Asia Pacific

As part of the commemorations for World Water Day 2014, a luncheon session was organized by ESCAP in the context of the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus”, implemented by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The objective of this session was to bring the nexus approach and the results from the project to the attention of key policy-makers and practitioners in the region, and discuss its relevance for the sustainable urban development of Asia-Pacific, in support of the outcomes of Rio+20. The event was attended by more than 70 participants, including senior policy makers from national and city governments and representatives from international agencies.

Mr. Donovan Storey, Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development section of ESCAP, explained the relevance of the urban nexus approach for the Asia-Pacific region in light of key trends, such as urbanization, and resource use, and highlighted opportunities for its adoption. Ms. Ruth Erlbeck, Regional Project Director and Mr. Ralph Trosse, Technical Project Director, GIZ Nexus Team presented the details of the project along with the progress of the project, especially in Da Nang, Viet Nam and Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Ms. Angelina Victoria M. Ferrer from Baguio City, Philippines and Mr. Lawrence Surendra, Chairman, The Sustainability Platform, India commented on the relevance of the nexus between energy, water and food security for cities in Asia-Pacific and provided perspectives in the context of their respective cities/countries.