Fourth Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus

5 Nov 2014 to 7 Nov 2014
UlaanBaatar, Mongolia

The Fourth Regional Workshop was organized from 5 to 7 November 2014 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in the context of the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus”, implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and ESCAP, and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Three Regional Workshops have been organized under the project so far, in June and December 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand and in June 2014 in Da Nang, Viet Nam. These workshops reviewed state-of-the-art technologies on Nexus approaches and discussed progress of Nexus project initiatives by participating cities to date. It also provided an opportunity for city governments to enter into a dialogue with national governments and other relevant stakeholders and discuss the elements of an enabling framework for urban nexus initiatives to thrive.

Building on the discussions that took place at the three previous regional workshops, the Fourth Regional Workshop had the following objectives:
1. Review progress in the planning and implementation of Nexus project initiatives in participating cities and share the challenges, experiences and benefits.
2. Review current policies and programmes in support of Nexus approaches in participating countries, in order to identify the elements of a policy framework to enable urban Nexus initiatives to thrive in the countries.
3. Discuss the governance dimension of the urban nexus, and in particular the role of the Nexus Task Forces in partner cities and other tools in support of the institutionalization of urban nexus into urban planning processes
4. Explore the opportunities to strengthen public participation into the consultation and planning processes for the effective implementation of the nexus initiatives in the cities.
5. Identify measures to integrate the urban nexus initiative into the emerging global agendas and the need for urban nexus initiatives to be highlighted in the international dialogues.

Around 130 participants from Asia comprising of senior level policy makers from the national and city governments of the partner cities, representatives from regional networks of cities, international and regional experts, and the private sector enterprises gathered for the three-day regional workshop in the city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.