Asia Pacific Regional Symposium for World Water Day: “The Water-Energy Nexus in Asia”


  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•03•20    13:30 - 17:15

    World Water Day 2014 will bring attention to the inherent links between water and energy. With most forms of energy production 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 address this nexus in order to overcome social and environmental inequities while sustainably meeting economic and industrial demands.

    To commemorate the 2014 World Water Day events being held at UNU in Tokyo, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science at the University of Tokyo, and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan are co-organizing the symposium “The Water-Energy Nexus in Asia” on 20 March 2014.

    The symposium will aim at the realization of sustainable development with integrated management of water and energy, focusing on the sciences and businesses that support such management, in order to build a sustainable society in the Asian region.


    UPDATE: Registration is now closed. For security reasons, unregistered participants cannot be accommodated at the event. However, the World Water Day Technology Exhibition and Photographic Exhibition (20–21 March) are free and open to the public and do not require advance registration.

    Provisional Programme

    Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall (5F)

    13:30–13:45  Opening Remarks and Welcome Speech

    • Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Senior Vice-Rector, UNU
    • Soichiro Seki, Director-General, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

    13:45–15:15  Keynote Speeches

    • Reza Ardakanian, Director, UNU-FLORES
    • Taikan Oki, Professor, the University of Tokyo
    • Srikantha Herath, Senior Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS

    15:15–15:45  Break

    15:45–17:00  Panel Discussion


    • Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS


    • Guangheng Ni, Professor, Tsinghua University, China
    • Krishna Paudel, Secretary, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat, Government of Nepal
    • Chongrak Polprasert, Professor, Thammasat University, Thailand

    17:00–17:15 Closing Remarks

    • Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Senior Vice-Rector, UNU

    UNU Lobby (2F)

    17:45–18:00 Opening of the Technology and Photographic Exhibitions (in cooperation with: Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.; Ebara Corporation; and TOTO Ltd.)

    Welcome Remarks:

    • Michel Jarraud, Chair, UN-Water
    • Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS
    • Zafar Adeel, Director, UNU-INWEH

    Elizabeth Rose Hall (5F)
    United Nations University
    5-53-70 Jingumae
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925

  • For more information please contact Ms. Aya Yokoi,