EMG Nexus Dialogue Two

Dialogue 2: Poverty and Environment in the SDGs - How a Nexus approach enables effective partnerships, synergy and implementation at country level

The second EMG Nexus Dialogue to be held on 13-14 July in New York will focus on the poverty and environment nexus in the SDGs. A technical segment will explore opportunities to strengthen the implementation of the SDGs by looking at lessons learned and good practices at the nexus of poverty and the environment at country level. A subsequent policy segment will address challenges and opportunities for enhancing environment and poverty nexus partnerships as well as issues that require strategic planning by the UN system, including through the work of the EMG.
 

TECHNICAL SEGMENT, JULY 13TH, 2017, 09.30 – 17.00
Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza, New York

The technical segment will focus on exploring opportunities to strengthen the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by looking at linkages between SDG targets, lessons learned, and good practice at the poverty-environment nexus. The objective will be to identify potential for further synergy, efficiency and partnerships within the poverty and environment nexus and to deliberate on ways to better integrate poverty and the environment simultaneously into policymaking, legislation, investments and budgetary processes. The discussion will be supported by a map showing the poverty-environment nexus in the SDG targets as well as by relevant case studies that bring forth lessons learned in cross-sectoral partnerships at the nexus of environment and poverty at country level.

Facilitated by Ms. Isabell Kempf, UNDP–UN Environment Poverty–Environment Initiative

Introduction

Registration

1. Opening of the Dialogue
Opening remarks by Mr. Elliott Harris, Director of the EMG and Ms. Susanna Sottoli, Deputy Director, Programme Division, UNICEF

Session 1. Setting the stage

2. Mainstreaming poverty and environment linkages in development planning - an overview of progress, challenges and opportunities from the World Summit in Johannesburg to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
Mr. Tim Scott, UNDP
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3. Strengthening the poverty-environment nexus in the SDGs - highlighting potential for further synergy, efficiency and partnerships

Linking related SDG targets, sectors and initiatives to areas of overlap at the poverty-environment nexus using the Stockholm Environment Institute’s visualization tool.
Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Stockholm Environment Institute
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Break

4.The poverty-environment nexus in practice – lessons learned in cross-sectoral partnerships at country level

Showcasing the process and outcomes of integrating poverty-environment objectives into the national development and sub-national development planning, from policymaking to budgeting, implementation and monitoring. Lessons learned from more and less successful examples.

a) Mainstreaming poverty and environment into national planning processes - tools and approaches applied in Burkina Faso. Mr. Rasmane Ouédraogo, Coordinator of UNDP–UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative, Burkina Faso
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b) Formulating the National Development Plan and landing the SDGs at local level in Guatemala through land management. Ms. Keila Gramajo, Advisor/Sub-secretary of Public Policy with the President’s Planning and Programming Secretariat (SEGEPLAN), Government of Guatemala

c) Farm to Market Alliance – designing financial mechanisms to invest in more resilient, productive, and sustainable production at the farm level in Tanzania. Mr. Erik Chavez, Imperial College London

d) The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda and the Gender Global Environment Outlook. Mr. Michael Stanley-Jones, Poverty-Environment Initiative.
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Lunch

Session 2: Strengthening and scaling up poverty-environment nexus implementation

5. Presentation of the new programme on Poverty and Environment Action for SDGs
The role of the poverty-environment nexus in relation to the implementation of other SDGs.
Mr. Nik Sekhran, UNDP, Ms. Isabell Kempf, UN Environment
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6. Presentation of Feedback from the Nexus E-Discussion – food for thought
Mr. Juan Chebly, UN Environment
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7. Breakout session
The goal of this session is to think concretely about implementing the poverty-environment nexus by imagining how participants may contribute to its implementation. Breakout groups will discuss the following questions, drawing on both personal experience and the dialogue presentations.

Groups are asked to start with a vision, by asking:

a) What would strengthening and scaling up the poverty-environment nexus look like in practice?

They might then consider i.a.
b) What are the entry points/mechanisms to achieve the vision?
c) Who are the key actors?
d) What resources are needed?
e) What partnerships and interagency collaboration could support the vision?
f) Are there any portions of the vision that are easier achieved? Why?

Finally, participants are asked to reflect on the question:
g) How could you move the poverty-environment nexus forward in your own work?

Break

8. Plenary Report by the facilitator(s) of the breakout session and summary of messages to be delivered to the policy segment

9. Summary and closing of the technical segment

POLICY SEGMENT, JULY 14TH, 14.00 – 16.00
Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza, New York

During the Policy Segment, Senior Officials of UN entities, Member States and other stakeholders will share their perspectives on supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by strengthening the poverty-environment nexus. The panel will address poverty-environment nexus challenges and opportunities for enhancing partnerships and issues that require strategic planning by the UN system, including through the work of the EMG.

Opening of the policy segment

Opening remarks by Mr. Elliott Harris, EMG Director
 
Introductory remarks by the Government of Switzerland
Mr. Sebastian Koenig, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Office for the Environment

Summary of the technical segment’s discussion and conclusions

Summary of the Dialogue’s technical segment discussions by the moderator. Introduction of the panel.

Panel discussion

Theme: Supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by strengthening the poverty-environment nexus – challenges, opportunities and issues for further work by the UN system
 
Moderator: Mr. Tom Bigg, Director, Strategy and Learning Group, International Institute for Environment and Development
 
Panelists:
Mr. Rasmane Ouédraogo, Director of the Division of environmental policies, Burkina Faso
Ms. Isabell Kempf, Co-Director of UNDP–UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative
Mr. Tim Scott, Senior Policy Advisor on the Environment, United Nations Development Programme
Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary General, UN Environment
Mr. Paul Ladd, Director, UN Research Institute for Social Development
Dr. Erik Chavez, Research Fellow, Imperial College London
 
Building on the outcome of technical segment of the Dialogue held on the 13th of July, the moderator will invite the panelists to deliberate on i.a. the following questions:

1) Where do you see real progress over the past year or two, which shows what can be achieved?

2) Please provide a context in which you see major obstacles and barriers to progress which will be tough to overcome.

3) Please share an example of an opportunity for major change over the coming years which is only beginning to take shape.

4) Describe an issue where there is currently real uncertainty, which requires further research and exploration over the coming year or two.

Closing remarks

Side Events

Outcome Documents

Additional Documents

E-Discussions

Panelists for the Policy Segment (14 July 2017)

Presenters at the Technical Segment (13 July 2017)

- Mr. Rasmane Ouedraogo, Poverty Environment Institute
- Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Stockholm Environment Institute
- Mr. Tim Scott, United Nations Development Programme
- Ms. Keila Gramajo, Advisor/Sub-secretary of Public Policy (SEGEPLAN) Government of Guatemala
- Dr. Erik Chavez, Imperial College London
- Mr. Michael Stanley-Jones, Poverty Environment Initiative
- Mr. Nick Sekhran, United Nations Development Programme
- Ms. Isabell Kempf, UN Environment
- Mr. Juan Chebly, UN Environment