Water and energy are fundamentally interlinked. With most forms of energy production heavily reliant on water — particularly hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy — and about eight percent of global energy generation dedicated to water services such as pumping, transport and treatment, it is crucial to focus on water-energy connections in order to overcome social and environmental inequities while sustainably meeting economic and industrial demands.
This year for World Water Day, the UN System — working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders — will recognize the water-energy nexus, particularly highlighting the needs of the ‘bottom billion’ of the world’s population who are without access to clean drinking water, proper sanitation, and adequate food and energy services.
World Water Day 2014 will give particular attention to advocating cross-cutting policy frameworks that link the public and private sectors to promote best practices for water- and energy-efficient ‘Green Industry’, leading the way to a green economy built on energy security and sustainable water management.
UNU and UNIDO, on behalf of UN-Water, are co-organizing the main World Water Day events which will take place at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. Two days of events on 20 and 21 March will focus on advancing the objectives of World Water Day 2014 including:
13:30–17:15 Asia Pacific Regional Symposium: “The Water-Energy Nexus in Asia”
For details on this symposium, including programme and registration information, see the event page.
12:45–13:15 Opening of Technology Exhibition
UNU Headquarters Lobby (1F)
17:15–17:45 Opening of Photographic Exhibition
UNU Headquarters Lobby (2F)
On 21 March there will be a full-day event including expert dialogues, a high-level policy panel and the launch of the 2014 World Water Development Report — a comprehensive review of the state of the world’s freshwater resources, this year focusing on the potential water-related constraints, challenges and opportunities related to energy production.
The event will also feature two award ceremonies: the UN-Water “Water for Life” Best Practices Award, acknowledging outstanding efforts to promote long-term sustainable management of water resources; and the Stockholm Water Prize, the world’s most prominent water award, honouring individuals or organizations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of water resources and to improved well-being of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems.
Provisional Programme (21 March)
(For updated main event details see the World Water Day website.)
09:30–10:00 Opening Remarks
10:00–10:20 Artistic Event
10:20–10:50 Water for Life Awards
10:50–12:00 Launch of World Water Development Report
13:30–14:10 Keynote Speech
14:10–15:10 High-Level Policy Panel
“Addressing the Water and Energy Nexus within the Post-2015 Development Agenda”
15:30–16:30 Expert Dialogue between Research and Industry
16:30–16:45 Announcement of Stockholm Water Prize
The Technology Exhibition and Photographic Exhibition on 20 March are free and open to the public and do not require advanced registration.
The events on 21 March are free and open to the public, but advance registration (by 20 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. Please note that registration will be closed once the maximum number of participants is reached.
The World Water Day events on 21 March 2014 will take place at:
U Thant Hall (3F)
United Nations University
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925