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15–17 Jan 13

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International Water Summit Abu Dhabi: “Bringing the Water-Energy Nexus to Life”

As a natural extension of the UAE’s commitment to sustainability, the first International Water Summit will be co-located with next year’s World Future Energy Summit, bringing to life the nexus between mankind’s two most vital resources: water and energy. Managing the energy footprint of water — and the water footprint of energy is a two-pronged challenge. Water and energy have a symbiotic relationship. This simple truth becomes increasingly evident as demand for both resources rises. With this in mind, Water-Energy Nexus was introduced.

The inaugural International Water Summit will be hosted by Masdar and co-located with the World Future Energy Summit at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), United Arab Emirates. The first International Water Summit will gather the leading minds from the global water community in policy, business and science to accelerate the development of sustainable water solutions for arid regions. This high-level platform offers you a unique opportunity to network with global politicians, water experts and leaders from the public and private sectors over three possibility-laden days. As a natural extension of the UAE’s commitment to sustainability, the first International Water Summit will be co-located with next year’s World Future Energy Summit, bringing to life the nexus between mankind’s two most vital resources: water and energy.

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15–17 Jan 13

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The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013 will bring together global leaders in policy, technology and business to discuss the state of the art, develop new ways of thinking and shape the future of renewable energy.

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Start of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

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28 Jan 13

Dutch Embassy in the UAE

The Netherlands contributed to the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week with a pavilion at the International Water Summit (IWS) on 15-17 January 2013.

24 Jan 13

The National (UAE)

“Countries in the region must focus on water, energy and food to prepare for the post-oil era, experts said at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.”

11 Jan 13

TriplePundit

As a lead-up to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, January 13-17, Masdar sponsored a blogging contest called “Engage: The Water-Energy Nexus.” The following post was the winner of the contest.

18 Dec 12

Le Monde

Food security is at the center of the Qatari government’s strategy presented in its “Vision 2030” plan. More than 90% of products eaten by the country’s two million residents (of which only 300,000 are Qataris) depend on imports. Water scarcity is another issue that needs to be resolved. This is why Qatar is building new desalination factories that will run on solar energy.

10 Dec 12

MENAFN.com

Water governance and investment will be key topics addressed at the inaugural International Water Summit (IWS), which will take place on 15-17 January 2013, as a part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. “The sessions we have developed for IWS, including interactive voting sessions, will explore, among other issues, the ways political initiative and water governance can lead to mutually beneficial public-private sector synergies, attract investors and stimulate business development in the water industry,” said Peter McConnell, Show Director for the IWS.

Further Reading

31 Jan 13

The ADIREC side event focused on the various policy and technology options for meeting future energy demand and their different implications on water resources. Already, water availability is a major constraint for the energy sector.

04 Jun 12

“The nexus is an important process which has been started at the Bonn conference and needs to be continued by committed people at all levels in order to effect change”. — by Nicole Kranz

13 Jan 13

Start of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

NEXUS in the Media

24 Jan 13

The National (UAE)

“Countries in the region must focus on water, energy and food to prepare for the post-oil era, experts said at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.”

12 Sep 12

Khaleej Times

Masdar, for the first time, will be discussing energy, water and hunger issues under one umbrella during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) from January 13 to 17, it said on Tuesday. Earlier this year, during the Rio +20 Earth Summit in Brazil, it had announced its plans to organise the ADSW. Offering further details, Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “The week builds on the momentum created at the Rio+20, particularly in advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will guide the sustainability agenda for the next 20 years.”

02 Sep 08

The Guardian

The planned project would use solar power to evaporate salt water, generating cool air and pure water thereby allowing food to be grown

18 Jun 12

Just Means

The interconnectedness of energy, water and food has been the prime focus of international discussions this year. In March, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) organized the 10th annual World Water Day, with the theme of Food and Water Nexus. Energy is a third and important component because to produce food, we need both water and energy. A connection can be easily drawn: to produce energy we need water, and to clean and deliver water for livelihood and food production, we need energy. Hence, we have the Water-Food-Energy Nexus.

Partners

  • 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