EMG Nexus Dialogue Three

Dialogue 3: 19th October 2017

Strengthening partnerships between the environmental and humanitarian sectors in the context of the humanitarian change agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

The EMG Dialogue Series contributes 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 provide an occasion for UN agencies and other stakeholders to identify areas of mutual interest and to better understand the trasmission channels through which an action in one sector may impact the outcomes of another.

The third EMG Nexus Dialogue to be held on 19th October 2017 will focus on the partnerships between the environmental and humanitarian sectors. A technical segment on the humanitarian and environment nexus will focus on theory and on the process of applying nexus thinking in practice. The day's events will close with a high level segment featuring a panel discussion.

The Dialogues also serve as an opportunity for Member States to consider how a nexus approach could support collaboration among different governmental departments. 

Technical Segment: 9:00am - 12:30pm Geneva, Switzerland

Introduction

Registration 8:30-9:00am

1. Opening of the Dialogue

Session 1: The humanitarian and environment nexus

2. An overview of environment in the humanitarian agenda of the UN system and state of collaboration between the two sectors.

3. Links and interdependencies between the humanitarian and environmental sectors in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Presentation by Stockholm Environment Institute - mapping areas of overlap, actors and opportunities for further collaboration.

4. Examples of collaboration at the humanitarian/environment nexus

Presentation of two cases highlighting successes and challenges, and lessons learned

Break: 11:00 - 11:15

5. Discussion: How can collaboration at the humanitarian/environment nexus be further strengthened?

Integrating the environment into humanitarian action - integrating long-term and systematic sustainability vision and program versus short-term and ad-hoc environmental response to crisis and disasters - identifying key challenges and opportunities to address them

Lunch: 12:30 - 13:30

High Level Segment: 14:30pm - 17:00pm Geneva, Switzerland

Opening of the high-level segment

Summary of the dialogue's technical segment discussions

Panel discussion: Strengthening partnerships between the environmental and humanitarian sectors in the context of the 2030 Agenda

Theme: strengthening partnerships between the environmental and humanitarian sectors - needs and opportunities in the context of the 2030 Agenda and issues for further work by the Environment Management Group

Summary of discussion and closing remarks