UN-Water Reports on Stakeholder Dialogue on Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Post-2015 Agenda.
October 2014: UN-Water released a summary report from its fifth annual UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue, which convened under the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Nexus and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
‘ The report describes the dialogue’s sessions on UN-Water activities on water and energy, the water, energy and food nexus and the post-2015 agenda, and a high-level panel discussion on the integration of the water, energy and food security nexus in the post-2015 agenda.
The session on UN-Water’s activities recognized UN-Water’s focus on the water-energy nexus, with particular attention to inequalities related to access to water, sanitation and food and energy services, according to the report. The report also highlights UN-Water’s attention to water and energy in a number of its 2014 activities, including the International Zaragoza Conference, the 2014 World Water Day and the 2014 World Water Development Report.
Participants highlighted challenges related to monitoring water targets and indicators, ways to reach water, energy and food security goals and the role of sharing country experiences within regions during the discussion on the water, energy and food security nexus on the post-2015 development agenda. Joakim Harlin, Coordinator of the UN-Water Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Working Group, described technical advice provided by UN-Water on proposed water targets and UN-Water’s future work on the post-2015 agenda, including work on indicators and data collection. Nina Weitz, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), recommended addressing overlaps among targets.
High-level panel participants highlighted links between the water and energy sectors, trade-offs and synergies between the sectors, financing and implementation. On financing, speakers recognized the importance of official development assistance (ODA) as well as domestic resource mobilization and private sector financing, and recommended appropriate pricing of water and energy services.
The dialogue also identified examples of how to implement the nexus, such as through public-private partnerships, interdisciplinary platforms, efficient technology and shifts to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns.
The report further discusses UN-Water’s contribution to a seminar on ‘World Water Day 2014: Water and Sustainable Development’ and the UN-Water booth and UN-Water Pavilion at World Water Week, which took place on 31 August-5 September 2014.
The dialogue took place at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, on 3 September 2014. [UN-Water Press Release]
[Publication: UNW-DPC Summary Report]