Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network

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Welcome to the new knowledge platform of the Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network.
This website is a work-in-progress. More features and content will be added progressively.

 

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which jointly constitute a comprehensive plan of action to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the central role that improved access to both water and energy play in advancing sustainable development. Powering progress on SDG 6 on water and SDG 7 on energy will also have an effect on a range of other Sustainable Development Goals, such as those on health, food, poverty eradication, gender equality, economic productivity, and climate change. The importance of energy and water and their strong interdependence have become more evident during the COVID-19 world crisis of 2020. Without the critical services of water and energy, the full spectrum of health services could not be implemented.

 

Recognizing the need to address the interlinkages between water and energy and their contributions to the advancement of other SDGs, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and ITAIPU Binacional (hydroelectric power plant owned by Brazil and Paraguay) joined efforts in 2018 in a partnership entitled “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions” to promote water and energy sustainability and other SDGs. The initiative resulted in the creation of the global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network on SDG 6 and SDG 7 interlinkages, with a large number of multi-stakeholders from all regions and constituencies. The aim is to bring together all stakeholders to promote an integrated approach to SDG 6 and SDG 7 in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

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FEATURED CASE STUDIES

 

Guatemala

Location: Guatemala

Activities by the Guatemala Sugar Agroindustry supporting the Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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SDG 7
SDG 6

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Location: Mauritius

CLEW Case Study: Assessing Interdependencies among Energy, Water, Land-Use and Climate Change in Mauritius

SDG 6
SDG 7
SDG 6

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FEATURED NEWS & EVENTS

 

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Ocean Energy

 

On 29 June 2021 from 09-10:30 (NY time) the Ocean Energy webinar, organized by this Network in cooperation with its member SINTEF, will bring together multi-stakeholders to discuss and showcase existing initiatives and disseminate information on ocean energy. See Concept Note for more information and the Agenda to register for this upcoming webinar.

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Concept Note

 

 

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Upcoming Webinar on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development

 

On 8 June 2021 from 10-11:30 (NY time) the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network in cooperation with its member ASAZGUA, brought together multi-stakeholders to discuss and showcase existing initiatives and disseminate information on bioenergy. Moderated by Jinlei Feng, Programme Officer of IRENA, this event kicked off with welcoming remarks by Mr. Ivan Vera, Senior Advisor, UN DESA. The panel of experts from Sao Paulo State Government in Brazil, ASAZGUA in Guatemala, IIASA, UNICA in Brazil, and Canal de Isabel II in Spain, shared experiences on integrated water and energy solutions related to bioenergy.

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Concept Note

Panelist Presentations:
UNDESA Opening Remarks
ASAZGUA presentation
IIASA Scenarios for Sustainable Biofuel Development presentation
UNICA Sugarcane Bioenergy in Brazil presentation
Canal de Isabel II presentation

 

 

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Desalination Using Renewable Energy

 

On 7 June 2021 from 8-9:30 (NY time) as part of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network webinar series, ESCWA in cooperation DESA brought together multi-stakeholders to discuss and showcase existing initiatives and disseminate information on desalination systems powered with renewable energy. Moderated by Ms. Radia Sedaoui, Chief Energy, UNESCWA, the event kicked off with welcoming remarks by Mr. Ivan Vera, Senior Advisor, UN DESA. The panel of experts from Morocco, UAE, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt presented existing initiatives on desalination systems powered with renewable energy followed by a question and answer session with the participants.

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Concept Note

Panelist Presentations:
UNDESA Opening Remarks
Morocco Desalination & Renewables Perspectives Presentation
CRTSE Algeria Desalination Powered Renewable Energies Presentation
IDWT Renewable Resources for Desalination Presentation
SONEDE Tunisia Desalination Presentation
Gran Canaria Water Council Response to Climate Emergency Presentation
Environment Agency Powering Desalination through Solar Energy Presentation

 

 

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Meeting of the Members of the Global Network on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions

25 March 2021

On 25 March 2021, the Global Network of Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions virtually convened with the objective to update Network members of completed activities in 2020 and discuss the upcoming workplans for 2021-2023. The meeting was moderated by  UNDESA with participation from representatives of 12 member organizations. UNDESA provided detailed overviews of the tentative workplans for each of the upcoming years, including primary focus areas and proposed activities that will help maintain the Network continuity supporting integrated water and energy solutions worldwide. Member representatives each indicated their future contributions, recommendations for the Network and next steps moving forward.

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Course on Management for Territorial Sustainability

Course on Management for Territorial Sustainability

E-learning Course | 18 January 2021

 

ITAIPU Binacional and Parque Tecnológico Itaipu (PTI-BR) are hosting the “Management for Territorial Sustainability Course” for English speaking participants as part of the International School for Sustainability (EIS), an educational initiative developed by both institutions. This course is free of charge and as an e-learning course, participants can go through classes at own page creating their own learning experiences. Classes begins on 18 January 2021 and the registration deadline is 10 January 2021. For more information and registration, please go to Parque Tecnológico Itaipu’s website or download the information flyer provided here.

Regional Capacity Development Event Latin America and the Caribbean

Regional Capacity Development Event Latin America and the Caribbean – Integrated Water and Energy Systems Supporting a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19

15 December 2020 | Virtual Webinar

On 15 November 2020, DESA/DSDG in collaboration with ECLAC and the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network organized a regional capacity development webinar with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean: "Integrated Water and Energy Systems Supporting a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19." Moderated by Mr. Ivan Vera, Senior Advisor, UN DESA, the event kicked off with welcoming remarks by Ms. Silvia Saravia, Economic Affairs Officer, ECLAC. Following an introductory session by a technical consultant from ECLAC, experts from Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Ecuador led an interactive panel discussion featuring experiences, methodologies and innovative solutions designed to ensure the efficient and effective use of water and energy resources.

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Panelist Presentations:
ITAIPU Binacional Presentation
Climate Change Research Institution Presentation
ENERGÉTICA Presentation
ECLAC Integrated Water and Energy Systems for Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19
ECLAC Methodological Guide on Water-Energy and Food Nexus Design and Actions

 

 

FEATURED PUBLICATIONS

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2020 Annual Report of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network



The importance of energy and water and their strong interdependence have become more evident during the COVID-19 world crisis of 2020. In light of the terrible consequences resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainable water, and energy solutions are viewed as a necessary response during this world health crisis and beyond. This report highlights the commitment of the Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network’s vision working towards a world where there is equitable and sustainable use and management of water and energy resources for all, in support of human well-being, ecosystem integrity, and a robust, inclusive economy under the umbrella of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions: Addressing Critical Services during the COVID-19 World Crisis and Beyond

07 July 2020

The Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network is developing a Global Knowledge Platform with a view to collect information on activities, case studies and systems being implemented or planned using an integrated approach to water and energy challenges. The main objective of this scoping paper is to provide preliminary recommendations for the possible scope, priority content, structure and operational mechanisms of the envisioned Global Knowledge Platform.

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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

Convened by UN DESA, the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 seeks to provide an overview of SDG implementation and efforts. The report focuses and brings together areas of progress and areas where action is still needed, to ensure that no one is left behind and highlights key areas and initial impacts in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Access Report.

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UN DESA (Founding member)



ITAIPU Binacional (Founding member)

Founded by UN-DESA and ITAIPU Binacional.

Visit this website to read more about the partnership