High-Level Panel on the Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus
Event

WWF 2012 Marseilles // High-Level Panel on the Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus

This panel constitutes a continuation of the dialogue started at the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference and aims to reflect recommendations by the UNSG's High Level Panel on Global Sustainability.

Germany is co-organiser of the panel and is represented by Dr. Uschi Eid, Co-chair of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference. Hosted by the EDF Group and the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPWF), the panel brings together high level members from the private sector, international organizations, government and NGOs.

Panellists are among others the Lao Minister for Energy and Mines, the CEO of EDF France, Wetlands International, CGIAR CPWF, mayors, and an irrigation entrepreneur. This panel will be moderated by Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times.

Nexus examples from India, Turkey, Western Africa and the Andes will be presented. The session aims to end with a round of commitments by the panel - highlighting the relevance of the nexus approach for solving current water, energy and food issues for a growing population under climate stress.

Programme

Opening

20 mins

Opening Statement, Member of the World Water Council

Introducing the Water, Food and Energy Security Nexus and Outcome of the Ministerial Roundtable.

-Uschi Eid, Vice Chair, UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and Co-Chair of the Bonn2011 Conference on Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus

The emerging water, food and energy nexus — viewpoint of a global utility.

-Henri Proglio, CEO, EDF Group, France

Panel Discussion

Panel Members will draw on their extensive experience to illustrate the inter-connectivity and inter-dependency of water, food and energy through a diverse range of examples from project level to the scale of national or regional policies. They will be challenged to identify Nexus solutions, in particular how to create the enabling policy environments, attract sources of finance and build capacity for sustainable outcomes.

Two themes will permeate the discussion:

-How to achieve balanced development that increases the productivity of water, food and energy provision, (with respect to water, energy, land and other scarce resources), while sustaining the contribution of ecosystems services.

-The importance of collaborative processes to support the sharing of benefits and risks.

Participants from the audience will be able to question Panel Members on their evidence and policy recommendations. The outcome of the High Level Panel will demonstrate that a Nexus perspective makes business sense and yields results beyond those attainable from more conventional 'silo' thinking.

Panel members:

-H.E. Mr Soulivong Daravong, Minister for Energy and Mines, Lao PDR (tbc)

-Gérard Wolf, Senior Executive Vice President, International Development, EDF Group, France

-Rodney Cooke, Director, Policy and Technical Advisory Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (tbc)

-Anil B.Jain, Managing Director (CEO), Jain Irrigation Systems, India

-Ogunlade Davidson, Former Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Sierra Leone

-YaÅŸar YakiÅŸ, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

-City Mayor, tbc

-Jane Madgwick, CEO, Wetlands International (tbc)

-Alain Vidal, Director, GGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

The Nexus will be illustrated through a range of examples and solutions related to stimulating multi-objective sub-regional development, promoting regional dialogue across sectoral approaches and between countries, partnering with communities to share development benefits, increasing productivity and turning waste into a resource. Specific initiatives include:

-Breaking the WFE Nexus by expanding drip irrigation in India

-Multi-objective regional planning in Anatolia — the GAP project

-Back to a sustainable and multi-purpose future - drawing lessons from Serre-Ponçon to Nam Theun 2 hydropower schemes

-Creating a balanced regional development model and policy process — the ECOWAS experience

-Exploring new models to jointly address food, water, and energy provision in a rapidly growing urban environment

-Building a sustainable rural and urban basin in the Andes

Summary and implications of the Panel

Reflections on the Panel discussion by Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

Key messages will be taken forward from the Panel to the Solutions space at the Forum and beyond to Rio+20.

Commitments to Change

Commitments from Panel Members:

Panel members will each present a 'quick-fire' round of concluding remarks including 'commitments to change' for their own organisations: change that embraces nexus solutions for sustainable outcomes.

From Marseille to Daegu

Remarks by H.E. Han Seung-Soo, Former Prime Minister, Republic of Korea, Host of the Seventh World Water Forum 2015 (tbc)

Closing Statement, Member of the World Water Council

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