EMG Nexus Dialogues Series

Dialogue 1: The Nexus Approach and the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda: Policy, Practice and Partnerships

The EMG Dialogue Series will contribute to a common understanding of the integrated goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the requirements and opportunities which these bring to UN agencies in supporting the implementation of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda in a coherent and collaborative manner.

The Dialogues will provide an occasion for UN agencies and other stakeholders to identify areas of mutual interest and to better understand the transmission channels through which an action in one sector may impact the outcomes of another. Through the Dialogues, partners will view the SDGs from a nexus perspective, acquaint themselves with available nexus methodologies and seek to identify practical strategies for integrating the nexus approach into their mission and work.

The Dialogues may also serve as an opportunity for Member States to consider how a nexus approach could support collaboration among different governmental departments. For further insight into the nexus concept, please consult the Concept Note.

Technical Segment: 26th April 2017, 9:00 am - 17:30 pm WMO Headquarters (7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva), Switzerland

Introduction

Registration 08:30 - 09:00

Session 1: Presenting the Nexus Approach

1. Opening of the Dialogue

Opening remarks by Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary General, Director of EMG
Welcoming remarks by Dr. Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary General, WMO.

2. Introducing the EMG Nexus Dialogues

Mr. Hossein Fadaei, Head of the EMG Secretariat.
Introduction to the dialogues and their purpose. Presentation of the overarching goals for the 2017 Nexus Dialogues Series including Dialogue 1.

Nexus Approach Summary

3. A nexus approach to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda – benefits and challenges

Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute.
Definition of the nexus approach for these dialogues.
Potential benefits and challenges of a nexus approach.
Recognize the language being used to describe nexus-like approaches within the UN.

Applying Nexus Thinking in Practice

4. Examples of nexus approaches with an environmental focus

SDG Nexuses in UN Agency Work and within the Country Context

  • Mr. Asad Naqvi, Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE): PAGE brings together five UN agencies to provide integrated support to countries on three dimensions of sustainable development. PAGE will be presented as a case study of the Nexus Approach on SDGs. [Download Presentation]
  • Peru, Ms. Dorit Kemter, ILO: Building on the presentation by PAGE, the focus for this case study will shift from the UN system to the country-level nexus work by the partnership. [Download Presentation]

Break

Continued: SDG Nexuses in UN Agency Work and within the Country Context

  • Sweden, Mr. Jonas Rodhe, Swedish Environment Protection Agency: Via video message, a presentation will be given on governing the Swedish Environmental Objectives – and collaboration among local authorities. [Download Presentation]
  • Brazil, Dr. Catalina Spataru, University College London: In the context of Brazil, the IDA3 model developed by University College London which deals with water-energy-land nexuses will be presented. [Download Presentation]
  • Alaska, United States – Dr. Kaveh Madani, Imperial College, London: Providing examples of work undertaken in Alaska, using different tools to influence policy. [Download Presentation]

Lunch

Session 2: Applying Nexus thinking in practice

5. Breakout: What are the nexuses in your own work?

Participants will be encouraged to frame their work within the nexus approach by deliberating the following questions in breakout groups:

  • How could the work you’re doing impact others?
  • How could other’s work impact you?
  • How are you already or planning to address those overlaps?
  • What problems have you experienced or do you anticipate?
  • Think about who you would want to talk to or partner with.

6. Plenary Report by the facilitator on the breakout session

7. Nexus Methodologies
Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute
Presentation of a range of tools that can be used to work with nexuses.

Download EMG Nexus Dialogue Visualization Tool Video (MP4)

Break

8. Tools and Method Stations

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about tested and upcoming nexus tools at four working stations:

  • United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) – Perception Change Project: (Mr. Jon Mark Walls)
  • The EMG Nexus Dialogue Visualization Tool: (Ms. Amanda Kohn, Stockholm Environment Institute)
  • An open-ended “Method Clinic” to discuss appropriate methods for different purposes: (Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Stockholm Environment Institute)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU): Mr. Vaggelis Igglesis (TBC)

Session 3: Topics for Future Dialogues

Breakout: Topics for Future Dialogues

Participants will be invited to shape the nexus dialogue series for 2017 in three breakout groups as well as to propose new nexus dialogue topics beyond 2017, inspired by the reflection on nexuses in the participants’ own work and today’s discussions.
Proposed focus of breakout groups:
- Environment and the humanitarian sector
- Environment and poverty
- Urban pollution, health and sustainable development

Plenary Report by the facilitator on the breakout session

Closing remarks

Mr. Elliott Harris, Director of the EMG Secretariat.

High Level Segment: 27th April 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm WMO Headquarters (7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva), Switzerland

Introduction

Registration 09:30-10:00

Opening remarks by Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary General and Director of the EMG

Launch of The EMG Nexus Dialogue Series

Mr. Felix Dodds, Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute
Summary of the Dialogue’s technical segment discussions on application of nexus approach at country, UN and global levels.

Panel Discussion

Theme: Benefits and challenges of cross-sectoral cooperation in implementing the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals

Moderator: Mr. Felix Dodds, Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute

Panellists:
Mr. Nikhil Seth, Executive Secretary, UNITAR
Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary General, UN Environment
Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General of IOM
Dr. Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary General, WMO
Mr. Felix Wertli, Head of Global Affairs, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
Mr. Janos Pazstor, Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)
Mr. Stephen Pursey, Senior Policy Adviser and G20 Coordinator, ILO

Special Guests:
Ms. Nadine Hack, CEO, BeCause
Ms. Natalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Head of Economic Law and Policy, IISD
Dr. Kaveh Madani, Reader in Systems Analytics and Policy, Imperial College London
Ms. Nadia Isler, Head of SDG Lab, UNOG
Dr. Joachim Monkelbaan, Associate Researcher, University of Geneva
Dr. Pavel Kraus, President, Swiss Knowledge Management Forum

Closing remarks by Mr. Elliott Harris, Director of the EMG Secretariat

Panelists for the High Level Segment (27 April 2017)

Special Guests

- Ms. Nadine Hack, CEO, BeCause
- Ms. Natalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Head of Economic Law and Policy, IISD
- Dr. Kaveh Madani, Reader in Systems Analytics and Policy, Imperial College London
- Ms. Nadia Isler, Head of SDG Lab, UNOG
- Dr. Joachim Monkelbaan, Associate Researcher, University of Geneva
- Dr. Pavel Kraus, President, Swiss Knowledge Management Forum