Policy Development Workshop on Applying the Urban Nexus Concept to Implementing Global Agendas
The “nexus” approach aims to integrate planning and management processes of the key sectors of energy, water and food, contributing to the long-term sustainable development of rapidly growing cities and their regions. Since 2013, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been implementing the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus”, in partnership with ESCAP and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project supports 12 cities in seven countries with developing cross-sectoral infrastructure projects and integrating the nexus approach into urban planning and policies. Horizontal and vertical integration, coordinating and collaborating between sectors and with different government levels, is a key component of the project.
The Urban Nexus approach serves as an ideal entry point to contribute to achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement. Optimizing the use and production of water, energy and food/land in urban areas, and promoting innovative, multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional solutions to address key urban challenges, such as energy and water supply, wastewater and solid waste management, and service delivery aligns strongly with the goals and objectives of the global agendas, which are interlinked and require integrated solutions.
National and local officials from India, Indonesia, Mongolia and Vietnam attended a two-day workshop to exchange experiences, identify common challenges, and find ways to fill the gaps for effective implementation, follow up and review of the global agendas through the lens of integrated resource management. They assessed the status of their Voluntary National Review (VNR) and Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) preparations, in relation to the Urban Nexus approach and discussed the needs and opportunities to advance vertical integration, considering criteria such as institutional governance, knowledge sharing (including data collection), learning/training formats, financing and technological capacity. Engaging in interactive sessions, participants conducted a problem tree analysis and developed project planning matrices, elaborating solutions to address core problems.