Integrating the poverty-environment nexus into development for poverty elimination

Nexus Dialogue 2: Poverty and Environment in the Sustainable Development Goals

How a Nexus approach enables effective partnerships, synergy and implementation at country level

The Environment Management Group Nexus Dialogue Series contributes 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 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.

The 2nd Environment Management Group Nexus Dialogue was held on 13-14 July 2017 in New York, during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. It focused on the poverty and environment nexus in the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Nexus Dialogue 2 had two parts. A technical segment, held on Thursday, 13 July, explored opportunities to strengthen the implementation of the Goals by looking at lessons learned and good practices at the nexus of poverty and the environment at country level.

A subsequent policy segment, held on Friday, 14 July, addressed challenges and opportunities for enhancing environment and poverty nexus partnerships as well as issues that require strategic planning by the UN system, including through the work of the Environment Management Group.

Policy Segment (Friday, 14 July)

- Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary General, UN Environment

- Mr. Paul Ladd, Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

- Mr. Tom Bigg (moderator), Director of the Strategy and Learning Group (International Institute for Environment and Devleopment)

- Ms. Isabell Kempf, Co-Director, UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative

- Dr. Erik Chavez, Research Fellow, Imperial College London

- Mr. Rasmane Ouédraogo, Poverty-Environment Initiative Coordinator, Burkina Faso

- Mr. Tim Scott, UNDP Senior Policy Advisor on Environment in New York

Technical Segment (Thursday, 13 July)

- Mr. Rasmane Ouedraogo, Poverty-Environment Initiative, Burkina Faso

- Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute, Cambridge MA, USA

- Mr. Tim Scott, Senior Policy Advisor, United Nations Development Programme

- Ms. Keila Gramajo, Advisor/Sub-secretary of Public Policy (SEGEPLAN), Government of Guatemala

- Dr. Erik Chavez, Imperial College London

- Mr. Michael Stanley-Jones, Poverty-Environment Initiative, UN Environment, Nairobi

- Mr. Nick Sekhran, Director, Sustainable Development, United Nations Development Programme

- Ms. Isabell Kempf, Co-director (UN Environment), Poverty-Environment Initiative, Nairobi

- Mr. Juan Chebly, Lead Adviser on Partnerships and Outreach, UN Environment, New York

The Nexus Dialogue Technical Segment was live streamed and recorded on the EMG YouTube channel.

Live Stream:  UN EMG - Poverty reduction through sustaining environmental and natural resources Part 1; Part 2Part 3; Part 4

The Environment Management Group Nexus Dialogue 2 was supported by the Government of Switzerland, UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative, Imperial College London, Stockholm Environment Institute, and the University of Geneva.

The Poverty-Environment Initiative's contribution to the Nexus Dialogue 2 was made possible through the support of the Governments of Norway, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom, and the European Union.

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Event Date: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017 to Friday, July 14, 2017
New York City, New York, USA