Key presentations focused on the concept of ‘Urban Nexus’, governance mechanisms and policy planning across three critical sectors to support inclusive, sustainable and resource-efficient cities. Following the presentations, a panel including city representative from Naga city, Philippines and national policymaker from the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand discussed the challenges and opportunities in integrating urban nexus into policy planning and urban development processes.
In Asia-Pacific it is evident that managing the resource footprint of cities across various ecosystems calls for institutional coordination and other forms of collaboration - which has rarely been evident. The majority of cities/municipal administrations in Asia-Pacific continue to plan and manage along sectoral lines and within municipal boundaries, and rarely in a coordinated and integrative manner.
The fifth regional workshop highlighted the importance of the nexus approach for the sustainable development of the Asia-Pacific region, as energy, water and food security are increasingly under threat as a result of population growth, urbanization, changing consumption patterns of a growing middle class, as well as the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.
This is a presentation on World Bank regional broadband programs and proposed Central Asian regional fiber optic network (CARFON), for the Seventh session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development, held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 16 to 17 June 2015.