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16 May 12


“Powering Progress Together”: Forum on Energy, Water and Food, Rotterdam

This Energy-Water-Food Nexus will be a significant factor in quality of life on the planet in the coming decades. It is therefore critical to raise awareness of the challenges ahead and how each of us can make a positive contribution.

There is a growing awareness of the connection between our global energy, water and food systems. Energy is used to move and treat water; water is used to produce nearly all forms of energy; and energy and water are needed to produce food. In the coming decades, population growth, rising prosperity and rapid urbanisation will put growing pressure on the world’s resources. By 2030, global demand for water, energy and food are expected to rise by 30-50%. At the same time, climate change remains a challenge and an opportunity.

This Energy-Water-Food Nexus will be a significant factor in quality of life on the planet in the coming decades. It is therefore critical to raise awareness of the challenges ahead and how each of us can make a positive contribution.

On 16 May 2012, Shell and the City of Rotterdam will co-host the POWERING PROGRESS TOGETHER Forum which will gather more than 500 leaders, experts and talents from business, government and civil society in downtown Rotterdam. Over one day, dynamic speakers will explore the Energy-Water-Food Nexus through presentations, panel discussions and an interactive touch table.


  • Maryam Nemazee - News Anchor Bloomberg Television
  • Dominic Waughray - Senior Director of Global Environmental Initiatives, World Economic Forum
  • Ahmed Aboutaleb - Mayor of Rotterdam
  • Peter Voser - CEO Royal Dutch Shell
  • David Breashears - Filmmaker, Adventurer, Mountaineer
  • Prof Kevin Noone - Researcher atmospheric chemistry and physics, Stockholm Resilience Institute
  • Dr Prem Bindraban - Director of ISRIC World Soil Information, Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • Jeremy Oppenheim - Director, McKinsey & Company; Leader of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice
  • Michael Braungart - C2C Chairs at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the University of Twente and University of Lüneberg. Founder of the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) and the Cradle to Cradle® principle*
  • Mark Post - Head of Physiology, University of Maastricht*
  • Hubert Klumpner - s.l.u.m.lab*
  • Paul Polman - CEO Unilever
  • Frans van Houten - CEO Royal Philips Electronics
  • Klaus Helmrich - CTO Siemens
  • Mark Williams - Downstream Director Shell
  • Gerry Mooney - General Manager Smarter Cities IBM
  • Ellen MacArthur - Founder, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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Further Reading

02 Mar 12

The water, energy and food security nexus perspective is the issue the German government will promote at the 6th Word Water Forum.

14 Mar 12

Platform to contribute to a better understanding of the interlinkages between water, energy and food security and to provide access to all kinds of Nexus-related information

11 Oct 13

Taking place 7-9 May 2014 in Quebec, Canada, the third edition of the International Forum wants to contribute to a better management of transboundary waters resources whether they are surface waters or groundwaters. The Nexus is one of the Forum’s themes.

NEXUS in the Media

22 Feb 14


In this report the key positions of the global shell Forum in Manila, The Philippines, are summarized. Additionally, footage from the different panels is to be found

21 Apr 15

Korea JoongAng Daily

Water is an undervalued resource, and efforts to accurately price water for all users must be undertaken worldwide. That push, World Water Council Chairman Benedito Braga says, is necessary to combat overconsumption at a time when climate change is making water increasingly scarce.

15 Dec 14


African experts on Tuesday called for concerted efforts to ensure sustainable development, peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region to address water stress.

26 Mar 14


Whether it is China or sub-Saharan Africa: Pragmatic solutions, not ideological ones, are the core to resource management and progress in the water-energy-land nexus, claims Robert Calow

29 Jan 16


“The water-energy nexus is complex and wide-ranging”


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

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen