Luncheon event on From Planning to Practice: Urban Nexus as a means of implementing the 2030 Agenda
Both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the recently adopted New Urban Agenda support a renewed and innovative global framework for sustainable development and explicitly acknowledge the key role of cities in realizing this vision. Such agendas lay emphasis on the development of synergies and use of cutting-edge, methods and tools for the creation of co-benefits. Hence, cities will need to adopt integrated, innovative, multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional approaches for successfully implementing these agendas at the local level.
Such an approach is the “Urban Nexus” approach for the management of natural resources at the city level. Natural resource management remains one of the cross-cutting issues fundamental to the achievement of sustainability in cities and across sustainable development goals and targets. An integrated or nexus approach in dealing with the high resource intensity of the region’s economies and the levels of waste and emissions generated across the region is needed to achieve sustainable development.
Against this background, the project on “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus” is assisting cities and countries in Asia-Pacific to adopt a nexus approach, developing nexus projects and integrating the nexus approach into urban planning. The project is implemented by GIZ in partnership with ESCAP and ICLEI and with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project supports twleve cities in seven countries, namely: China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.
The luncheon event "From Planning to Practice: Urban Nexus as a means of implementing the 2030 Agenda", shared the results achieved at the local level from the afore-mentioned project. This event facilitated dialogue among partner cities and other stakeholders on challenges and was strategic in terms of positioning the nexus approach as a concrete approach for helping cities implement the SDGs. The event concluded that for mainstreaming nexus initiatives into urban policies, a supportive governance structure, participatory approach, innovative financial mechanisms and planning beyond the project time framework could be the key strategies that would help the effective implementation of the SDGs.