20.05.2014 | EuroConsult Research & Education/Bonn University/EADI: Advancing a Nexus Approach in Sustainable Management of Environmental Resources (Water, Soil and Waste)

The lecture will take place in the context of a discussion series on „Sustainable Development and Risk Management in International Cooperation“ on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6.00 pm – ca. 8.00 pm (Snacks and drinks will be offered after the lecture). Venue: University of Bonn, Main Building, Festsaal. The lecture will be given by: Prof. Dr. Reza Ardakanian United Nations University, Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), Dresden, Director Opening remarks: Jürgen Nimptsch Lord Mayor of the Federal City of Bonn Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza University of Bonn / United Nations University, Environmental Risk and Vulnerability A significant number of key players and stakeholders with a renowned focus on “Sustainable Development and Risk Management” are located in Bonn as well as in the surrounding region. This discussion series is supposed to provide a networking platform for those key players and stakeholders, promote existing synergies and potentials and support the visibility of Bonn as an international scientific hub. The discussion series on „Sustainable Development and Risk Management in International Cooperation“ is jointly organized by EuroConsult Research & Education, the University of Bonn and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI). Registration is possible via email to hpuetz@uni-bonn.de or via online form. The event is free of charge, but the registration is binding. Please register by Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The number of participants is limited! We reserve the right to cancel this event to the exclusion of claims for compensation in case of cancellations of speakers or an insufficient number of registrations. Read the invitation Abstract The United Nations University (UNU), as an autonomous organ of the United Nations, bridges the academic world and the UN system, its overarching theme being sustainability. In pursuing its mission, UNU performs problem- and policy-oriented research and offers postgraduate programmes, focusing in particular on problems and needs of developing countries. By doing so, UNU’s role is to enhance individual capacities (via research and postgraduate education), but also institutional capacities and functioning as a think tank for the UN system and the UN member states. In line with this general UNU strategy, the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), established in 2012 in Dresden, Germany, engages in research and capacity development in a broad sense in the area of sustainable use and integrated management of the environmental resources water, soil and waste. The integrated management of these closely interconnected environmental resources may be termed a nexus approach. Addressing water, soil and waste, the nexus approach promoted by UNU-FLORES represents the resources perspective towards the water, energy and food security nexus promoted in particular by and since the Bonn 2011 conference on the issue. Supporting its think-tank function UNU-FLORES engages in policy-relevant research, post-graduate education and capacity development. One important element to emphasize the links between science and decision making is a nexus observatory which is being developed to facilitate policy and programme implementation particularly in developing and emerging economies. The observatory will provide the framework for virtually all capacity development activities of UNU-FLORES. A PhD programme is currently being launched in cooperation with TU Dresden, enhancing research on nexus topics as well providing training on nexus concept and methodologies. As further measure to enhance cooperation with developing countries and facilitate capacity development, UNU-FLORES is currently establishing an Operating Unit in Maputo, Mozambique, expected to become operational in 2014. In close cooperation with local partners and by establishing and strengthening a strong network within the region, the Operating Unit is envisioned to act as a regional hub for integrated management of material fluxes and of the resources water, soil and waste and as a platform for joint research activities in Africa. In conclusion, capacity development, using a wide range of approaches and addressing the individual as well as the institutional level is an integral part of the nexus approach to the management of water, soil and waste promoted by UNU-FLORES.