Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, Luncheon Side Event to the Committee on Environment and Development, 3rd Session

29 Oct 2013
Bangkok, Asia Pacific

A luncheon side event to the Third Session of ESCAP’s Committee on Environment and Development was organized on 30 October 2013, in the context of the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus”, implemented by ESCAP and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), 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 event was attended by more than 70 participants, including senior policy-makers and civil society representatives from the region. The third session of the Committee on Environment and Development (provide link to the main event) reviewed emerging and persistent issues in the field of environment and development, including the environmental sustainability of economic growth, energy security, water resources management, and sustainable urban development.

The objective of the side event was to bring the nexus approach and the project to the attention of key policy-makers in the region and discuss its relevance for the sustainable development of Asia-Pacific in support of the outcomes of Rio+20. Mr. Donovan Storey, Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development section of ESCAP explained the relevance of the urban nexus approach for the Asia-Pacific region in light of key trends, such as urbanization, and resource use, and highlighted opportunities for its adoption. Ms. Ruth Erlbeck, Regional Project Director and Mr. Ralph Trosse, Technical Project Director, GIZ Nexus Team provided a detailed overview of the project with examples of relevant technologies. Mr. Arifin Zaenal, Acting Deputy Director for Urban Affairs, Ministry of National Development Planning/BAPPENAS, Indonesia commented on how ‘urban nexus’ approach can provide water-food-energy security for a sustainable future and presented perspective in the context of Indonesia.