European Development Days 2016

Water- Energy-Food Nexus: Can it help us deliver the Sustainable Development Goals? Wednesday 15 June 2015 - 16:00 to 17:30 Tour & Taxis, Auditorium A3, Brussels


The IUCN European Regional Office in collaboration with Oxfam is pleased to invite you to the following High-Level panel discussion as part of the European Development Days 2016The Speakers:

Opening address by H.E. Dr. István Mikola
Minister of State for Security Policy and International Cooperation of Hungary.


  • Inger Andersen, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Pilirani Khoza, Youth Leader, Gender Policy Project Assistant Project Coordinator, LUANAR, Faculty of Food and Human Sciences, Malawi
  • Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Joppe Cramwinckel, Director Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Martin Hiller, Director General, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

Closing remarks by DG Development and Cooperation (TBC)

Moderated by

Paul Yillia, Programme Manager (Water-Food-Energy nexus) for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)

The Topic:

  • Food production and irrigation accounts for around 70% of global freshwater abstraction
  • 580 billion m3 are abstracted every year for energy production, representing 15% of global freshwater abstraction
  • By 2015, 1800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity and two-thirds of the world population could be under stress conditions

How can we make the world more sustainable with a growing population and shrinking resources? The precarious balance between food, energy and water resources - better known as the nexus - involves complex trade-offs between sectors. Compromises reached in terms of governance are often piecemeal and fragile, but we can enhance resource security if we play it right.

Policy makers still struggle with the water-energy-food nexus, but an understanding of the challenge is growing. In the meantime, the world has set a clear agenda for itself with the Sustainable Development Goals (in 2030). Can the nexus help delivering these SDGs and how can we integrate policies between sectors to reach all those goals, while stabilising resources? This session will address challenges to developing integrated policy, and discussing success stories to mobilise multiple sectoral responses to achieve multiple development objectives.

The event is public, however, advance registration is required for all participants. Click here to register for the European Development Days
Please note that registration closes on 27th May.

For more information, please consult the session page where afterwards a podcast of the session will be made available

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