Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus

Policy Brief
Urban Nexus Policy Brief

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Fact Sheet (July 2017)
Fact Sheet July 2017

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Managing rapidly growing cities and their urban regions is one of the most critical challenges facing Asia and the Pacific, especially regarding the relationship between urban development and natural resource management. Of all natural resources, energy, water and food are essential to sustain development efforts – but they are also vulnerable to future demand. At the 2014 General Assembly thematic debate on Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Secretary General forewarned that by 2030 the world will need at least 50 per cent more food, 45 per cent more energy and 30 per cent more water. Much of this demand is being driven by cities and their urbanizing regions.

To respond to these needs, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been implementing the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus” since 2013, in partnership with ESCAP and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project supports twelve cities in seven countries, namely: China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. ESCAP-led activities promote an enabling framework for the urban nexus initiatives to thrive in the cities, highlight the relevance of the nexus approach, and seek to mainstream the nexus approach in national and local strategies for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.

This knowledge corner for “Urban Nexus” provides a project overview and is a repository of all information and knowledge products produced under the project. This includes a wide range of resources including policy and research papers; presentations and reports from the Regional Workshops, National Dialogues and Global and Regional Outreach Events; as well as detailed studies for the Participating Cities. These resources can be useful for the different levels of government, non-government organizations, city networks, research organizations and practitioners.

Urban Nexus