World Water Forum 2018 - Brazil

Special Session at WWF8 2018 // Beyond Multi-stakeholder Dialogue: Breaking the Barriers to Achieving the SDGs -Water-Energy-Food Nexus and SDGs Implementation

The target of this session is to build on key milestones from Stockholm (WWW 2016) and Cancun (WWC 2017) to promote the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as a foundation for SDGs implementation.

Special Session at the 8th World Water Forum in Brazil.

Where and when

National Mané Garrincha Stadium

22 Mar 2018


The objectives of this special session are to:

  1. Share WEF Nexus lessons learned across scales and sectors toward SDGs implementation;
  2. Facilitate dialogue between funding agencies, banks, academics, private sector, public sector, technology providers, entrepreneurs and civil society on the role of WEF Nexus in SDGs implementation; and
  3. Discuss ways to improve policy coherence across WEF sectors and across scale.

Facilitated audience engagement (45 minutes) will encourage dialogue between funding agencies, banks, academics, private/public sectors, technology providers, entrepreneurs and civil society on the role of WEF Nexus in SDGs implementation, with the goal of addressing key questions:

  1. How can scientific tools, technology (in particular information, communication technology) data, and case studies contribute coherence to WEF systems / SDGs implementation?
  2. What policies and incentives are needed to promote implementation of SDGs in the context of WEF systems?
  3. What are some successful, cross-scale, governance and technological lessons?
  4. How can we communicate the WEF systems complexities and share positive messaging, while maintaining momentum towards change for a sustainable future?
  5. How do we maintain the integrity of human rights issues in the context of WEF systems solutions?
  6. How can opportunities be better promoted and coordinated between cross-sectoral players, at different scales?


Panel discussions will identify, for different stakeholders, opportunities associated with investment in Nexus solutions; the roles of public/private sectors, entrepreneurs and banks in their implementation, financing, and governance; and the types of interventions to be carried forward.


  • Rabi Mohtar, TAMU and AUB
  • J. Carl Ganter, Circle of Blue, Vector Centre
  • Jerson Kelman, SABESP, Sao Paolo Water Utility
  • Claudia Sadoff, IWMI
  • Claude Nahon, EDF Group
  • Gustavo Fonseca, GEF
  • Jean Comby, Electriciens Sans Frontières
  • Dominique Darmendrail, Agence Recerche France
  • Katarine Cross, IWA
  • Patrick Lavarde, IWRA
  • Thadeau Abicalil, World Bank
  • Sarah Davidson, WWF


Documentation will include: white paper summarizing discussions and conclusions; factsheets available to participants and published on line; video focused on Nexus dimensions and including farmers, global nexus chokepoints and interviews.


Rabi H. Mohtar
Texas A&M University (TAMU)



  • Texas A&M University (TAMU)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • OCP Policy Center
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • International Union for Conservation on Nature (IUCN)
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • The World Bank
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • World Water Council (WWC)
  • International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
  • Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
  • Water Foundry
  • Circle of Blue
  • GIZ
  • UNU-Flores
  • The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
  • University of Nebraska
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO)
  • International Water Association (IWA)

Source: WWF8 Provisional Special Sessions Programme

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