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26–31 Aug 12


World Water Week Stockholm: “Water and Food Security”

The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991.

World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm.

Each year the World Water Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. While not all events during the week relate to the overall theme, the workshops driven by the Scientific Programme Committee and many seminars and side events do focus on various aspects of the theme. The themes change each year, but each fits within a broader “niche” that covers several years. The grouping of
themes within a niche is designed to develop a long-term perspective on a broad yet significant water and development issue. It also ensures that each year builds upon the previous years’ outcomes and findings.

The current niche for 2009-2012 is “Responding to Global Changes”, which looks at the potential and necessary responses in water policy, management and development to address pervasive and increasingly impacting global changes. The themes within the current niche are:

  • 2009: Accessing Water for the Common Good
  • 2010: The Water Quality Challenge
  • 2011: Water in an Urbanising World
  • 2012: Water and Food Security


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The Nexus of Energy, Water and Food in Northeastern Thailand

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The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Business Perspective

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Dams on the Mekong River: Lost fish protein and the implications for land and water resources

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Crossing Water, Food, and Energy Nexus Boundaries in the Middle East

Green Cities, Integrated Resource Planning Approach and Trade-offs to Meet a Green, Sustainable Economy. By Jay Witherspoon, Mark Anderson, Avinash Pathwardhan, and Jared Thorpe, CH2M HILL


Towards a Green and Growing Economy with the Water, Energy and Food Nexus

by Joachim von Braun, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn


The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

A global dialogue platform for best practices and optimisation of multi-purpose water infrastructure. By Mark Smith, Director IUCN Global Water Programme Gland, Switzerland


Eye on Mongolia: Facing the water, sanitation and food security challenge

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Water-energy-food security nexus in the Guadiana river basin

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Lake Winnipeg and Remote Nexus Influences

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Nexus in and nexus-driven connections between river basins: Reflection of global nexus changes in large basins

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World Water Week Daily

Stockholm Water Front

29 Aug 2012: Capacity building is vital for Africa - Business leaders call for a better dialogue with governments - New wiki-style portal launched - Urbanisation is threatening food security in Asia - Investors target Africa’s potential for higher productivity - Gaza will be “unliveable” without desalination plant - PepsiCo receives the 2012 Stockholm Industry Water Award - “Don’t forget fish” - Think tanks need better access to governments -

World Water Week Stockholm 2012

FAO Programme @ Stockholm 2012

This year, the overarching theme of the World Water Week in Stockholm is Water and Food Security. Feeding the world population in the future with limited water resources means that we have to become better at growing more “crops per drop” as well as revisit our thinking regarding how we produce, consume, and trade food from a water perspective all along the food chain. The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is one of the key collaborating partners for the 2012 water and food security theme, along with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

Related Events

26 Aug 12

Seminar at the World Water Week Stockholm

The objective of the seminar is to share best practices and lessons learnt, while inviting the participants to actively contribute their ideas and experiences. The expected output is a better understanding of the multidimensional factors influencing efficient water use in agriculture. Organised by GIZ.

28 Aug 12

Workshop at the World Water Week Stockholm

This Workshop will address a series of innovative frameworks that help analyse technical solutions as well as trade-offs in the water-food-energy nexus for better informed decision-making.

29 Aug 12

Seminar at the World Water Week Stockholm

This seminar presents policies, enabling conditions, innovations and solutions, for putting the quickly growing knowledge around the water-(land-)energy-food security nexus into practice.

30 Aug 12

Side Event at the World Water Week Stockholm 2012

How many times have you seen a graphic depicting the Water-Energy Nexus? Are you ready to start analysing what they actually mean? If you answered: Too many times; and YES; then don’t miss this side-event, which will demonstrate the integration of powerful water (WEAP) and energy (LEAP) modelling platforms.

30 Aug 12

Seminar at the World Water Week Stockholm

This seminar will analyse how the water-food nexus is being affected by climate change in two of the more important mountain regions of the world: the Andes and the Himalayas. The seminar will review concepts, discuss relevant cases that address different dimensions of the water-food nexus and innovative approaches for dealing with depleting resources, as well as provide guidance to mitigate the impact of the vulnerable water-food nexus in developing regions.

06 Sep 12

Live Discussion

What are the next steps in addressing the world’s water, energy and food challenges and how can nexus-thinking help? The Guardian stages a live discussion reflecting on conversations at World Water Week, Thursday 6 September, 2-4pm (BST)

Related News

NEXUS Interview

An interview with Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of SIWI, summarising the outcomes of the World Water Week 2012

Integrated Planning Tools

Water Evaluation and Planning system by SEI can explore Water-Energy Nexus issues

Related Media Coverage

06 Sep 12


By Stuart Orr, Freshwater Manager, WWF International, and David Grant, Senior Manager: Water Risk and Partnerships, SABMiller

05 Sep 12

PepsiCo Blog

This week, businesses, governments and NGOs came together for the annual World Water Week conference in Stockholm. PepsiCo hosted three events, and participated in several others, focused on the nexus between water and sustainable agriculture. Of the three events we hosted, one was a small, closed session for two dozen peers and potential partners; the others were panels on the official agenda. One about farm verification programs cohosted with Unilever and BSR and the other about supply chains cohosted with the Columbia Water Center In addition, we gave a keynote presentation in the WBCSD Founders Business Seminar entitled “Water and Energy for Food, Fiber and Fuel.”

05 Sep 12


As World Water Week 2012 begins, we talk with SEI’s executive director about the key themes and how SEI is addressing them. Johan L. Kuylenstierna is moderating and participating in several events at World Water Week. In this interview, he draws on SEI’s work and on his own insights and experience to identify key challenges of the “nexus” - and how SEI can help policy-makers tackle them.

24 Aug 12


Droughts, poor land use and water access have all contributed to recent volatility in food prices and regional food emergencies. To address such insecurity in food supplies, good water management and governance – as well as reliable early warning systems – are needed, says Jens Berggren, who heads World Water Week that begins on 26 August in Stockholm.

Further Reading

01 Sep 11

The Bonn2011 Nexus Conference was a key focal point of the World Water Week 2011 in Stockholm

21 Aug 15

Water for Development

13 Jan 13

Start of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

NEXUS in the Media

17 Sep 14

Not only water, but energy as well and the connection between them is in focus of World Water Week 2014.

26 Aug 14

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has published the Final Programme for World Water Week 2014 which starts on Sunday – this year’s thematic focus is on the energy-water nexus.

08 Sep 14

Circle of Blue

Stockholm hosts largest-ever international conference on global contest for water and energy

24 Aug 12


Feeding 7 billion people whilst maintaining the health of natural ecosystems and livelihoods is a huge challenge and urgent solutions will be required. During the six day conference, IUCN and partners will look into and discuss possible answers and solutions to the growing water, energy and food security challenge. The yearly conference attracts over 2,000 participants, from government, private sector and civil society, who will put forward policy recommendations and concrete actions.

05 Sep 12


“If something isn’t given a value, people tend to waste it. Water is our most useful resource, but those using it often don’t even cover the costs of its infrastructure,” said Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, speaking in Stockholm for 2012 World Water Week, which concluded Friday. The key issues this year: water and food security, followed by partnerships, tools and data. The water-food-energy triangle was key at the 2011 Bonn Nexus Conference, but the key the difference this year, according to an essay penned by David Grant, SABMiller’s senior director of water risk and partnerships, for the Guardian, “was the progression of the issue from a broad theoretical concept to actually seeing practical examples of how it is being both experienced and addressed on the ground.”


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

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