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United Nations ESCAP Meeting

Dr Prashant Kumar, an expert group member on urban nexus for the United Nations ESCAP, met with board last week in Bangkok.

Phase II of the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus” is being implemented, in partnership with ESCAP and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, since 2016. The Phase I of this project was implemented between 2013 and 2015. With funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), this project supports twelve cities in seven countries, namely: China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. It aims to assist cities and other relevant stakeholders in making the nexus approach sustainable and mainstreaming it into national initiatives for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, within the vision of a circular economy.

Within this context, an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Urban Nexus and Implementation of Urban- and Resource-related Global Agendas 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
- In relation to the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda identify how Urban Nexus can help in the realization of cross-cutting goals and targets within the vision of a circular economy approach.

A number of substantial recommendations that came out of the discussions will feed into a research paper that is being developed. (source: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP))