Parallel Session 1 CITYNET Congress- Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus
A special session to the 2013 CITYNET Congress was organized on 5 November 2013, in the context of the the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus”, implemented by ESCAP and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). CITYNET is one of the leading networks of cities in Asia-Pacific and the 2013 Congress held in Seoul on 4-6 November was attended by over 300 participants from local governments across the region.
The special session allowed presenting the urban nexus approach and the project to local governments and discussing the key challenges faced by cities in addressing energy, water and food security. Mr. Lorenzo Santucci, Economic Affairs Officer, Sustainable Urban Development section of ESCAP presented an overview of the patterns of urban development, key challenges associated with urban nexus thinking and action, and the scope of overcoming the barriers as well as linking the urban nexus approach with key sustainable development goals. Ms. Ruth Erlbeck, Regional Project Director and Mr. Ralph Trosse, Technical Project Director, GIZ Nexus Team provided a detailed overview of the project - the focus areas, core elements, progress and challenges faced. Following the presentation by UNESCAP and GIZ, Wilfredo Jr. Briňas Prilles, City Planning and Development Coordinator, Naga, Philippines elaborated on the relevance of the nexus approach for his city and shared their current activities and plans related to the adoption of the nexus approach.