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.
Registration 8:30 - 9:00
Opening and introduction to the dialogues and their purpose. Presentation of the overarching goals for the dialogues and for Nexus Dialogue 1.
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.
Welcoming video video remark by Erik Solheim
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.
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.
4. Examples of nexus approaches with an environmental focus in the UN system
a) SDG Nexuses in UN Agency Work
SDG Nexuses within the Country Context
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:
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.
8. Tools and Method Stations
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about tested and upcoming nexus tools at four working stations:
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
Mr. Elliott Harris, Director of the EMG Secretariat.
Opening remarks by Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary General and Director of the EMG
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.
Theme: Benefits and challenges of cross-sectoral cooperation in implementing the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development GoalsModerator: Mr. Felix Dodds, Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute
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)
Senior Official, ILO (TBC)
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
Mr. Stephan Mergenthaler, Head of Knowledge Networks and Analysis, WEF (TBC)
Dr. Joachim Monkelbaan, Associate Researcher, University of Geneva
Mr. Daniel Rufenacht, Vice President, Corporate
Closing remarks by Mr. Elliott Harris, Director of the EMG Secretariat