"Global Forum on Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food-Nexus", Paris/France

Senior-level Forum // "Global Forum on Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food-Nexus", Paris/France

The OECD Global Forum on Environment will focus on three areas that can contribute to more integrated policy-making. Topics for discussion will include the need to improve knowledge of the interactions between the different dimensions; how to send the right policy and price signals to users and financiers; and how to plug the nexus into the broader development agenda, particularly in the context of post-2015 discussions.

The OECD Global Forum on Environment (GFENV) is an event that brings together international experts from member and non-member economies to share experiences and explore common policy issues. The Forum will gather a broad range of senior policy experts, private sector leaders and financiers in the water, energy and food sectors to debate and discuss how water, food and energy securities compete on the ground; and explore how countries can overcome the challenges in balancing different and growing needs.

Achieving water, energy and food security for all is one of the greatest challenges facing humankind. Already today, nearly one billion people lack access to safe drinking water, one billion people suffer from hunger and 2.5 billion people do not have access to modern forms of energy. These challenges will intensify in the future. The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 projects that global demand for energy and water will increase by 80% and 55% by 2050 respectively. In addition, the FAO estimates a 60% increase in food demand over the same period. Population growth, economic development and climate change will accelerate competition for food, water and energy.

This pressure on resources creates growing concerns regarding the availability, accessibility, distribution and sustainability of water, food, and energy for all. These constraints could jeopardise the fundamental development goals of increased human well-being, economic development and poverty eradication. In the run-up to Rio+20, the Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference contributed to a better understanding of the interdependencies between the water, energy and food security and highlighted the need for more systemic thinking to identify synergies and trade-offs between different sectors, interest groups and development goals. There is a clear need to move away from a "silo" approach to a more integrated policy-making in these areas. Improving the alignment of policy goals can help countries to better manage the risks of water, energy and food scarcity while enhancing resilience in the face of increasing pressures from global trends.

Preliminary Schedule

27 November





Welcome remarks by Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the OECD

09:30 — 11:00

Water, energy, food: Synergies and trade-offs for sustainable growth

11:00 — 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 — 13:00

Integrating the nexus into national planning

13:00 — 14:30


13:00 — 14:30

Side-event on managing the nexus in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

14:30 — 16:00

Regional and local perspectives on the nexus

16:00 — 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 — 18:00

Understanding the long-term trends and interactions

28 November


09:30 — 11:00

Getting the incentives right for investment in the nexus

11:00 — 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 — 13:00

Mainstreaming the nexus in investment

13:00 — 14:30


14:30 — 16:30

The Nexus in the post-2015 development agenda

Target audience

-High-level and senior government officials from OECD and non-OECD countries

-Business leaders

-Private and long-term investors

-Leaders of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society organisations

-Representatives of intergovernmental organisations

-Representatives of international financial institutions and donor agencies

-Leading experts in the water, energy and food sectors


Participation is free of charge, but

by invitation only

. Anyone interested in being invited should contact {nexus@oecd.org}


Kate Eklin

Phone: +33 1 45 24 98 62

E-mail: {kate.eklin@oecd.org}

Ruth Catts-Lemaire: +33 1 45 24 64 12

Conference Centre: +33 1 45 24 82 00

› back

Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2019

Stockholm World Water Week 2019

In 2019, World Water Week will explore an inclusive approach. This week’s theme: “Water and society – including all” is recognizing that not everybody is impacted in the same way by too little, too much or too dirty water. Less obvious than last year, the Nexus approach will remain at the heart of the water debate, especially through the seminar topic "Addressing migration through regional integration and water security for all", that explicitly connects water, energy and food security as the...

// more

SWWW 2019 Seminar // Addressing Migration through Regional Integration and Water Security for All

Regional economic integration can foster transboundary water management as well as energy and food security. It also attracts investments that address infrastructure deficits, accelerates participation in global and regional value chains, and stimulates economic growth. All are important entry points for sustainable development. However, environmental and social co-benefits are typically not as well quantified as economic growth.

// more

Special Session at 38th IAHR World Congress // Sustainable Water Storage to Meet Water, Food, and Energy Development Goals

Storage to stabilize water availability is essential to sustain water, food and energy production, reduce hazards, and adapt to climate change. Regulation of water resources using dams and reservoirs played a major role in the socio-economic development of northern countries during the 20th century, but practices of the time often led to undesired environmental and social impacts. Thousands more dams and reservoirs are planned for construction in the next decades, mainly in Asia, Africa, and...

// more