Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators hosted the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March 5-8, 2014 to examine the thoughts and actions related to a nexus approach. The co-Directors of the Conference are Jamie Bartram, Director of The Water Institute, and Felix Dodds, Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, with support from an International Advisory Committee. The Conference brought together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders to focus on the questions of how and why the nexus approach is, and can be, used on international and local levels.

Nexus Declaration

One of the primary goals of the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference was to provide input to the UN Sustainable Development Goals process. To do so a group of experts prepared a draft of the Nexus Declaration which was available for public comment. The final version of the declaration which incorporates public feedback is now available online and was delivered to the UN Secretary General on March 26.

Program Available

Conference Program Cover

The Conference program is now available. For a detailed a description of activities be sure to check out the program which can be downloaded by clicking on the image.

The Nexus Conference comprises a variety of sessions that allow for learning, facilitate dialog and encourage networking. PDF versions of the Conference Agenda, Verbal Presentation Schedule, Poster Presentation List and Side Event Schedule are now available on the Agenda page.

Academic and Practitioners Network Concept Note Available

The Luc Hoffmann Institute and the Water Institute at UNC have collaborated to produce a concept note for the academic and practitioners network for the water, energy, food and climate nexus. The Academic and Practitioners Network Concept Note is available for download as a PDF document.

Plenary Sessions

  • Urban Challenges of the Nexus: Local and Global perspectives
  • Nexus perspectives: Water, Energy and Climate
  • Nexus perspectives: Water, Food and Climate
  • Nexus Corporate Stewardship: How business is improving resource use
  • Natural Resource Security for People: Water, Food and Energy
  • Financing the Nexus: policy and practice
  • Learning from the past, building a new future: Nexus Scientific Research

Conference Participants Will Aim to:

  • Learn from relevant case studies & examine cutting-edge research
  • Identify future research areas
  • Debate emerging solutions
  • Identify how science can inform policy processes
  • Build new, or strengthen, existing networks
  • Launch the Nexus Academic-Practitioner Network
  • Input to the UN Sustainable Development Goals process