Dear Readers,

Welcome to the second edition of NexNews! At the United Nations and at UNU-FLORES, 2016 was about laying the groundwork for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. As we wrap up a busy fall season, this issue of NexNews highlights important achievements, and draws your attention to exciting activities that lie ahead next year.

In recent months, we saw the publication of our newest book Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Good Practice Examples and the second round of Nexus Observatory online courses. UNU-FLORES research was taken up in the Report of the Secretary-General on Agriculture development, food security and nutrition (A/71/283) and reached over 26,000 readers in an article in the popular press.

Looking to 2017, we also opened registration for the second biennial Dresden Nexus Conference on “SDGs & Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation” – don’t miss your chance to register for a reduced rate before 28 February 2017!

We would like to thank you for following our work in 2016, and we look forward to many engaging interactions in the new year. I wish you and your family a happy holiday season and invite you to visit our Twitter, Facebook, and website channels for regular updates on UNU-FLORES events, announcements, vacancies, and research.

Best regards,
Reza Ardakanian
Director, UNU-FLORES



Early Bird Registration Now Open

17–19 May 2017 | Venue: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany

Discuss current research and initiatives applying the Nexus Approach and the benefits for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with experts in the field. Register now to secure your place at the upcoming Dresden Nexus Conference 2017. Read More >>


From Farmer to Minister: Sustainability Needs an Integrated Holistic Approach

Our Director Reza Ardakanian presented the background paper of the 2nd World Irrigation Forum’s sub-theme 1: “Key Issues of Irrigation and Drainage in Balancing Water, Food, Energy, and Ecology” in Chiang Mai. He highlighted the need to think within the water-energy-ecosystem-food nexus framework with water resources at its heart. Read More >>

Discovering Sustainability at UN Day 2016 in Dresden

This year’s celebration of UN Day culminated in a public fair on 28 October 2016 at World Trade Center Dresden. Under the slogan “Discovering Sustainability – 17 Goals for a Better World”, the local population had a chance to learn about the United Nations, its tasks, and goals, as well as a chance to get acquainted with sustainability issues. Read More >>

Superbugs Evolve in Wastewater, and Could End Up in our Food

Once curable common infections are becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics used to treat them. The UNGA committed for the first time to act on antimicrobial resistance. Still, a part of the picture is missing: health risks are strongly connected to poor water quality. Read our piece published on The Conversation. Read More >>

Maximising on Wastewater Requires More Know-How

At the 2016 World Water Week in Stockholm, we organised a variety of activities focusing on recognising and using wastewater as a resource safely. Wastewater has never been such an important and valuable resource – distinguishing between its safe and risky use is key. Read More >>

Chinese Partnership to Advance Soil Research

UNU-FLORES and the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation at the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS-ISWC) signed a cooperation agreement that will expand the collaboration between the two institutes in new areas. Read More >>

Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture in Practice

In order to address the technical, institutional, and policy challenges of safe water reuse, developing countries and countries in transition need clear institutional arrangements. Our book showcases good practice examples of wastewater reuse in agriculture. Read More >>

Fostering Regional Cooperation through Policy-Relevant Nexus Research

For science to not stay at best a good paper published in a good journal, researchers should not shy away from engaging in negotiation processes. Kristin Meyer discussed the science-policy interface in our 15th Nexus Seminar. Read More >>

Nexus Observatory Online Courses Back in its Second Round

Following their successful run last year, we officially launched our online courses in their second consecutive year. As with last year, the courses attracted applicants from all parts of the world and sectors. Read More >>


Dr. Tamara Avellán on Nexus-Oriented Research for a Sustainable Future

The role of research in solving challenges is cyclical. Our research fellow Dr. Tamara Avellán speaks on the role of Nexus-oriented research in securing a sustainable future.‬‬‬ Read More >>



Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Good Practice Examples
Seventeen interesting case studies gathered from around the world on wastewater reuse in agriculture are presented in this book. All cases provide first-hand information as they have been authored by the experts who implemented these cases or monitored their progress closely for years. Download Here >>

“Landfill Design and Operation” in Sustainable Solid Waste Management (American Society of Civil Engineers) 
This book chapter briefly discusses landfill design, construction, and operation. It presents siting considerations, regulations, and other important steps before the design stage. Download Here >>


Possible Climate Change/Variability and Human Impacts, Vulnerability of Drought-Prone Regions, Water Resources and Capacity Building for Africa, Hydrological Sciences Journal
This review article discusses the climate, water resources, and historical droughts of Africa, drought indices, vulnerability, impact of global warming, and land use for drought-prone regions in West, southern and the Greater Horn of Africa, which have suffered recurrent severe droughts in the past. Download Here >> 

Mineral Resource Depletion: A Coming Age of Stockpiling?, BioPhysical Economics and Resource Quality
This paper discusses several ways in which the market of mineral resources could evolve, in particular the concept of a “metal bank” that could be used to manage the supply of rare and sensitive minerals. Download Here >> 


Policy Brief No. 1/2016 on “Wastewater As a Resource: The Water-Waste-Energy Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa”
This policy brief reveals how the Nexus Approach towards water reuse could help improve food and energy security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Download Here >>


DNC2015/01 on “The Post-2015 Development Agenda: How Food Loss and Waste (FLW) Reduction Can Contribute Towards Environmental Sustainability and the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”
This working paper delves with the debate on global food loss and waste in the context of sustainable development and explores how FLW reduction can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, emphasising the broader environmental impacts. Download Here >>


21 November 2016 | NEXUS SEMINAR
Nexus Seminar No. 16 – Climate Change Impacts on Energy Supply in Nigeria: A Climate-Water-Energy Nexus Assessment at UNU-FLORES, Dresden, Germany

3–5 December 2016 | KEYNOTE SPEECH 
Water and Environment in the New Millennium: Education and Capacity Building at University of Tehran, Iran

5–7 December 2016 | WORKSHOP
Scientific & Capacity Development Workshop on Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture in Tehran, Iran

12 December 2016 | NEXUS SEMINAR
Nexus Seminar No. 17 – Environmental Protection Strategies under Conditions of Sustainable Land Use Management at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

16 January 2017 | NEXUS SEMINAR
Nexus Seminar No. 18 – Material Fluxes in a Circular Economy at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

17–19 May 2017 | CONFERENCE
Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany



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