2013/11/12 Dresden, Germany
On November 11th, the International Kick-off Workshop on Advancing a Nexus Approach to the Sustainable Management of Water, Soil and Waste was officially opened by the Vice-Rector of TU Dresden, Prof. Susanne Strahringer, Klaus Uckel from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Markus Faller from the State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts of the Free State of Saxony, and the Rector of the UN University, Dr. David M. Malone. Below you can view the video message of the Rector of UNU, Dr. David M. Malone, to the participants of the workshop.
Following the Opening Session and an introduction of the aims and objectives of the workshop by the Director of UNU-FLORES, Dr. Reza Ardakanian, the first thematic session of the work shop on “Opportunities for adopting a Nexus Approach” was introduced by Dr. Ölcay Ünver of FAO. After this introduction, presentations were made by representatives of UNEP, UN-HABITAT, UNU-EHS, TUD and others.
The second thematic session on “Challenges for the Nexus Approach” was introduced by Prof. Rattan Lal from Ohio State University. Following this introductory talk, presentations were made by representatives of UNESCO-IHE, IOER, EWI and others. The day continued with case studies by representatives of the Governments of Mongolia, Himachal Pradesh/India and others. At the end of the day, a panel discussion on both opportunities and challenges gave the participants an opportunity to discuss any remaining questions.
The Kick-off Workshop serves as a starting point for the organisation of a future regular Nexus Conference to be held in Dresden. By bringing together experts from national and international academia, government entities, UN agencies and UNU institutes, the workshop acts as a “steering committee” for the envisioned Dresden Nexus Conference. You can find more information on this at the conference website