Parallel Session on Urban Nexus at APUF- 6

19 Oct 2015
Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia Pacific

A parallel session on “Strengthening Commitment Towards Integrated Resource Management in Cities: Lessons learnt from Urban Nexus Project” will be organized at the Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum, 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, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project supports 10 cities in 6 countries: China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Asia-Pacific Urban Forum is a multi-stakeholder forum organized periodically every 4-5 years by ESCAP with the aim to provide a regional platform for urban actors to: (i) discuss emerging and critical urban development issues from the perspectives of different stakeholders; (ii) share experiences on good practices and approaches; and (iii) explore cooperation opportunities and links to regional and global processes and development objectives. The Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) will take place on 19-21 October 2015 and will precede the High-level Regional Preparatory Meeting to Habitat III for Asia-Pacific, and will be guided by the theme “Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda”.

The “nexus” approach aims at integrated planning and management processes of the key sectors of energy, water and food, and this can contribute substantially to the long-term sustainable development of rapidly growing cities in their regions. It is crucial, in this context, to involve municipal, subnational, national and supra-regional actors and utilities towards more integrated planning and management of the nexus sectors.

Urban Nexus can be a vehicle for new forms of thinking, leadership and commitment to close the gaps that exist between how we manage those resources today and where we need to be in the future. The parallel session titled “Strengthening Commitment towards integrated resource management in cities: Lessons Learnt from the Urban Nexus Project” will share and discuss the key challenges and opportunities, results and lessons learned arising from the project and will illustrate how strengthening commitment and mobilizing multi-stakeholder participation is critical for effective adoption of a nexus approach, drawing from examples from cities across Asia-Pacific. As such it will provide a unique opportunity for the multiple stakeholders attending the Asia Pacific Urban Forum to understand how mobilizing multiple stake-holder participation can be critical for integrating nexus approach to urban planning and management.