Nexus Dialogue 2: High-Level Side Event

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Dialogue 2: Integrating the poverty-environment nexus into development for poverty elimination

July 19th 2017, 13:15-14:30, Conference room A in the UN Conference Building

This interactive dialogue is designed to highlight successful, integrated and synergistic policies and programmes such as the joint UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative, that have already started to transform economies in ways that connect sectors in opening opportunities to the poor and marginalized communities at risk from climate, disaster and conflict-induced stress. It will identify ways to increase policy coherence, enhance synergies in governance and policy planning, put in place effective institutional architecture and decision-making processes, and scale up financing and partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Paloma Duran

Moderator - Ms. Paloma Duran

Ms. Paloma Duran is the Director of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund. Before joining the SDG Fund in September 2014, she was a Senior Advisor for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Fund at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 2012 to 2014. Ms. Duran has previous professional experience working in academics as well as in different governmental positions. Among others, she acted as Counsellor for Social Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the UN. During that time she was Vice Chair of the Commission for Social Development; Chair of the working group on INSTRAW; main negotiator on behalf of the EU in the Special Session of the GA on Children and member of the Bureau for the II World Assembly on Ageing.

Panelist – Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema is the Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Operations and Programme Delivery Branch in the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) at UN Environment. Prior to her current position, she was the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), Acting Executive Secretary of the UNEP/ASCOBANS and Interim Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Gorilla Agreement based in Bonn, Germany. In total, Ms. Mrema has worked with the United Nations Environment Programme for almost two decades.

Panelist - Mr. Nik Sekhran

Mr. Nik Sekhran is the Director for Sustainable Development in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support at the United Nations Development Programme. In this role, he oversees work on development planning, inclusive sustainable growth, livelihoods and economic recovery, environment and natural resources management. Prior to his current position, Mr. Sekhran was the Head of the United Nations Development Programme Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme. Over the past 22 years, Mr. Sekhran has dedicated his career to spearheading sustainable development, working in more than 40 countries around the world. Mr. Sekhran has also worked to improve transparency in decision-making, accountability and institutional effectiveness in public administration. 

Panelist - Mr. Måns Nilsson

As Research Director Mr. Måns Nilsson oversees SEI’s global research leadership and has fostered the development of its strategic initiatives and its academic cooperation agreements. In recent years he helped establish the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has been closely involved as an advisor to the UN, OECD and the European Commission on the Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of the Scientific Council for Sustainable Development to the Government of Sweden. Mr. Nilsson has authored more than 40 papers in academic journals and has edited two books. He received his MSc in International Economics from the University of Lund, Sweden, and his PhD degree in Policy Analysis from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.


Panelist - H.E Edgar Gutiérrez

Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta is the Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, and the President of the United Nations Environment Assembly 2017. He has been a professor at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), co-founder of the project “State of the Nation” of the National Rectors Council of Costa Rica, and founder of the Observatory for Development at the University of Costa Rica. His previous positions include Director of the School of Statistics at UCR and Director of the graduate programme in statistics. He has made over 30 publications in national and international journals and a book about statistical methods. Minister Espeleta led the first two reports of the United Nations Environment Programme about the status of the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the first environmental report in Central America.

Panelist - Mr. Aslak Brun

Mr. Aslak Brun is Director of the Section for Development Policy in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has previously headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Section of Climate Change, Global Health and Sustainable Development, as well as the Section for Global Initiatives and Gender Equality. Aslak Brun was Norway's Chief Climate Negotiator in the period leading up to the Paris Agreement from 2012 to 2016. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi from 2009 to 2012. In addition to his work in New Delhi, Mr. Brun has been posted to the Hague, the Netherlands and been seconded to the United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Mr. Brun has also been project manager for UN reform and in that capacity facilitated the Norwegian Prime Minister's participation as Co-Chair of the UN high-level reform panel, Delivering as One.

Andrew Norton

Panelist - Mr. Andrew Norton

Dr. Andrew Norton took up the position of Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in June 2015. From his Doctoral research in rural Mali through a career that has spanned research, academic and development institutions, he has focused on issues of poverty, inequality, participation, natural resource governance and climate change. As Director, he is working to amplify and strengthen IIED's core messages on climate action, social and environmental justice, and helping poor peoplpe to achieve greater voice and more resilient livelihoods.

Panelist - Mr. Soabou Diallo

Mr. Soabau Diallo has worked in the Ministry of Economy and Finance since 2005. Within the Ministry, Mr. Diallo has been Director of Foresight, Strategic and Sectoral Planning from 2010 to 2014, Director-General for Sectoral Studies and Statistics from 2014 to 2016, and he has now been the Director-General of Economy and Planning since 2016. Mr. Diallo coordinated the development of several policies and strategies, macroeconomic frame working, and monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects. Mr. Diallo holds Masters in both Economy and Management of Natural Resources.

Side Events

Outcome Documents

Additional Documents


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