Join the online discussion on the environment-humanitarian nexus promoted by the EMG Nexus dialogue

Join the online discussion on the environment-humanitarian nexus promoted by the EMG Nexus Dialogue


The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) is promoting an online debate on the environment-humanitarian nexus from September 27 to October 17.

All the inputs from diverse stakeholders will bring new ideas, questions and experiences to the Third EMG Nexus Dialogue, that will take place in Geneva on October 19 2017. The event will also be available via live stream on the EMG website.


Discussion areas of the e-debate:

1) The global social-ecological change affects availability, access and quality of water, food, land and energy. This poses a double threat by increasing the risk of disasters and conflicts, and making communities more vulnerable to their effects. The situation is exacerbated by “threat multipliers” such as climate change, especially in low- and middle income countries.

How can we strengthen partnerships between the environment and the humanitarian sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in an effective and integrated way?

2) Disasters and conflict often propagate a vicious circle of ecosystem degradation, poverty and food insecurity. For example, the decades of war in Afghanistan resulted in up to 95% deforestation in some areas.

How can environment and humanitarian institutions work together to reduce the environmental drivers of conflict and reduce disaster impacts? Please provide examples.

3) Environment is a cross-cutting issue in humanitarian and development work, and can be both cause and consequence of conflicts and disasters. However, there is little consistency in approach, commitment or allocation of resources to address the environmental concerns in emergency, humanitarian and security operations.

How can we make humanitarian relief more sustainable by integrating the environment? Please provide examples.

This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Basilio Monteiro, Director of the Institute for International Communication, and also Graduate Programme Director, and Associate Dean and Professor at St John’s University in New York.

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