The Urban Nexus: Integrating Resources for Sustainable Cities

The Urban Nexus

Integrating Resources for Sustainable Cities

This report outlines Urban Nexus, a cross-sectoral approach to urban sustainability that seeks to optimize synergies between water, energy, and food/land systems. The concept is visualized in the Urban Nexus Guiding Framework, which identifies key enabling dimensions that can serve as entry points for getting started with the approach, including governance; inclusive decision-making; science, technology and innovation; finance and business; and urban planning.

This report is a product of the project Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus, which was jointly conducted by project partners United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Deutsche Gesellchaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and ICLEI − Local Governments for Sustainability, and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).