Policy brief on urban nexus

Policy brief on urban nexus

Sunday, October 18, 2015
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The urban nexus approach aims at integrated planning and management of the key resources of energy, water and food, and this can contribute substantially to the long-term sustainable development of rapidly growing cities and their regions. In supporting integrated approaches it is essential to engage municipal, provincial and national actors towards collaborative planning and management in order to fully utilise the synergies and co-benefits arising from policies which integrate water, energy and food resources.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was developed with an emphasis on synergies and innovative approaches so that achieving a goal would not be at the expense of another and that co-benefits could be found in integrated approaches. Natural resources remain as one of the cross-cutting issues fundamental to the achievement of sustainability in cities and across sustainable development goals and targets. The urban nexus can be a vehicle for new forms of thinking, leadership and commitment to close the gaps that exist between how we manage those resources today and where we need to be in the future and thereby address the urban challenges.


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