This event provided a forum for presenting and elaborating on opportunities for integrating the nexus approach into urban planning and development, as a tool for localizing the global agendas, and in making cities sustainable, resource-efficient and inclusive. Both local and national governments also highlighted how coherent policies could be developed by using the tools of, and integrating the methodology of the urban nexus approach.
The event was organized in the form of a round-table discussion on effective institutional arrangements between national and local governments across Asia and Latin America to support integrated resource management for sustainable and inclusive cities. Round-table panelists consisted of high-level representatives from local municipalities (mayor/governor), national governments, international organizations and a bilateral donor.
Underpinning the New Urban Agenda is the realisation that cities can no longer deal with resources as independent, sectoral issues, but a much broader understanding of their interdependence is needed. Optimization of resource efficiency through a nexus paradigm can therefore support sustainable urban development. However, the majority of cities/municipal administrations continue to plan and manage along sectoral lines and within municipal boundaries, and rarely in a coordinated and integrative manner.
The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) was organized with the following objectives in mind:
• Discuss and further conceptualize the key elements of the ‘Urban Nexus’ framework that connect the nexus approach with the concepts of resource efficiency and circular economy and how these elements impact the sustainability of cities
• To illustrate how the nexus concept can be integrated into practice through evidence-based case studies from the region.
• Highlight the enabling factors that will support the nexus framework and facilitate its implementation
An estimated 20 international participants attended the Expert Group Meeting, including experts from academic and research institutes, non-governmental organisations, government agencies and international organisations. They were selected to ensure a balance of expertise, knowledge, experience, gender and geographic distribution.
The Expert Group Meeting was organised on 10 and 11 November 2016.
Session 1: Shared the analysis and findings of a paper commissioned by ESCAP to conceptualise the urban nexus framework
Session 2A on Urban Nexus– Developing the concept: Aimed to discuss and develop the different elements of the conceptual framework.
Session 2B on Urban Nexus in practice: The experts shared their relevant experience and illustrated how the nexus concept can be applied in practice, drawing from examples across Asian and Pacific cities.