Third National Dialogue on the Urban Nexus in Thailand
As part of the Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus project, implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and ESCAP, and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), ESCAP will host a Third National Dialogue on the Urban Nexus in Thailand, “Strengthening Collaboration and Access to Financing to Support Integrated Resource Management in Thai Cities” on 3 May 2018 in Bangkok. The “nexus” approach aims to integrate planning and management processes of the key sectors of energy, water and food, contributing to the long-term sustainable development of rapidly growing cities and their regions. Since 2013, the Urban Nexus project has supported 12 cities in seven countries in Asia with developing cross-sectoral infrastructure projects and integrating the nexus approach into urban planning. Horizontal and vertical integration, or governance that involves coordinating and collaborating between different sectors at the same, as well as different, levels is a key component of the project.
In Thailand, ESCAP has organized two national dialogues to date: March 2015 and March 2017, facilitating discussions on financial mechanisms to support municipal resource efficient infrastructure projects as well as national policies and strategies to strengthen integrated resource management in cities. Considering recommendations from these previous dialogues and recent feedback gathered from Thai cities, this third national dialogue will explore ways to strengthen horizontal and vertical integration, improve access to financing, and understand how urban nexus initiatives in Thailand contribute to national and global agendas by engaging presenters, panelists and the audience in a series of moderated, interactive discussions.