Luncheon Side Event at ESCAP's SDG Week, "Urban Nexus Experiences: Opportunities for Local Governments to Promote Innovative, Integrated and Inclusive Resource Management to Achieve Global Agendas"

30 Nov 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) moderated a luncheon side event, "Urban Nexus Experiences: Opportunities for Local Governments to Promote Innovative, Integrated and Inclusive Resource Management to Achieve Global Agendas”, in the context of the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus”, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) leads technical implementation of the Urban Nexus Project in cooperation with ESCAP, the Political Partner, and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) as Implementation Partner. The Project assists 12 cities in seven countries in Asia - China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam - with adopting a nexus approach, developing nexus projects and building institutional and personnel capacity for integrated urban resource management.

This luncheon side event took place on 30 November 2018 at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand and was part of ESCAP's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Week: www.unescap.org/events/sdgweek2017. The side event focused on implementation of SDGs and New Urban Agenda in the context of urban nexus and integrated resource management in Asian cities. A panel consisted of ESCAP, GIZ, ICLEI (simultaneously represented Indian cities of Nagpur and Rajkot) and two representatives from Naga, Philippines and Tanjungpinang, Indonesia, shared their knowledge and experience in implementing nexus-inspired initiatives with technical advisory support from GIZ. The event attracted around 65 participants who exchanged ideas on how to integrate resources at the city level. The panelists emphasized the importance of participatory approach by stakeholders to ensure success of urban nexus project together with physical infrastructure and integrated technologies. Furthermore, ‘software’ such as awareness raising, capacity training, tariffs, subsidies and taxes, play an important complementary role in the longer-term urban nexus implementation.