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COP26 Side Event: Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions supporting Climate Change Objectives during the Decade of Action and Beyond


On 4 November 2021 from 10-11:30am EST / 14:00-15:30 Glasgow Time, the Sustainable Water & Energy Solutions Network hosted a side event at COP26. The event, moderated by Ms. Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science at IIASA, included Welcoming Remarks by Mr. Liu Zhenmin, UN USG for Economic and Social Affairs and Opening Remarks by HE Mr. Bento Albuquerque, Minister of Mines and Energy, Brazil. The event included panelists from Canal De Isabel II, ICC Guatemala, Itaipu Binacional, SOLshare and the Solar Energy Foundation. Panelists shared their plans and outlooks related to climate change. These solutions include improvements in energy efficiency, investments in the developing world, innovative plans designed to transform the way we interact with energy and water, all in the interest of building climate mitigation, resilience, and adaptation.


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Panelist Presentations:
Canal de Isabel II
Private Institute for Climate Change Research (ICC)
Itaipu Binacional
SOLshare
Solar Energy Foundation
Closing video Itaipu Binancional

 

 

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Side Event on Energy Compact of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network


On 24 September 2021 from 7-8:15 (NY time) a side event on “Energy Compact of the Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network”, was held at the High Level Dialogue on Energy. This side event showcased the three participating organizations of the Network with voluntary commitments - Itaipu Binacional, Canal de Isabel II, and Asazgua - who presented and discussed their commitments and to explain how these commitments support transformative pathways on energy and water and scaled-up actions supporting climate change objectives.



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Panelist Presentations:
UNDESA presentation
Canal de Isabel II presentation
Asazgua presentation

 

 

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Webinar on Water and Energy Solutions Boosting Social Actions in Support of SDGs 3 and 4


On 18 August 2021 from 10-11:30 (NY time) the webinar on Water and Energy Solutions Boosting Social Actions in Support of SDGs 3 and 4, organized by the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network in cooperation with its founding member ITAIPU, brought together multi-stakeholders to discuss and showcase existing initiatives and disseminate information on how sustainable water and energy solutions can promote well-being and quality education. Moderated by Ms. Isabel Raya, Sustainable Energy Expert, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UNDESA this event kicked off with welcoming remarks by Gustavo Ovelar on behalf of Mr. Luiz Felipe Carbonell of Itaipu Binacional. The panel of experts from UNESCO, Itaipu, Solar Energy Foundation, Canal de Isabel II and the World Energy Council shared experiences on how sustainable water and energy solutions can promote well-being including health and quality education.

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Panelist Presentations:
UNESCO
Itaipu Binacional
Canal de Isabel II
Solar Energy Foundation
World Energy Council

 

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Webinar on The Key Role of Biodiversity in Support of Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions, Terrestrial Ecosystems and Climate Change Objectives


On 13 August 2021 from 10-11:30 (NY time) a webinar on The Key Role of Biodiversity in Support of Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions, Terrestrial Ecosystems and Climate Change Objectives, organized by the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network in cooperation with its founding member ITAIPU, brought together multi-stakeholders to discuss and showcase existing initiatives and disseminate information on how biodiversity plays a key role enabling water and energy solutions sustainably. Moderated by Ms. Lucy Aquino, WWF this event kicked off with welcoming remarks by Coordination Directors, Mr. Luiz Felipe Carbonell and Miguél Gomez, Itaipu Binacional. The panel of experts from Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the National Zoo, Life Institute, Convention on Biological Diversity and Itaipu Binacional shared experiences on biodiversity, water, and energy for fighting climate change.

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Panelist Presentations:
ITAIPU presentation
CBD presentation
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute presentation
Life Institute

 

 

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Report on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions addressing Climate Change


This report seeks to inform the ongoing expert and public policy debate on sustainable water and energy solutions addressing climate change with a view to facilitate information exchange, enhance local, national and international cooperation, and stimulate collaborative development actions that “leave no one behind” in terms of water supply and sanitation, access to sustainable energy, and protection from potential negative impacts of climate change. The Report includes descriptions of selected technological areas and innovative systems that represent sustainable water and energy solutions addressing climate change. This report is an output of the global multi-stakeholder “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network” launched jointly by UN DESA and Itaipu Binacional in 2018 to enhance capacities and cooperation and to enable an integrated approach to the Sustainable Development Goals on water (SDG 6) and energy (SDG 7) and the interlinkages with other SDGs, particularly SDG 13 on climate change.

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Side Event on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Addressing Climate Change during the Decade of Action


On 12 July 2021 from 7:30-9:00 (NY time) the virtual side event "Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Addressing Climate Change during the Decade of Action" was organized by the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Global leaders discussed the water and energy sector interlinkages and interdependence, showcase existing initiatives to accelerate the adoption of integrated water and energy solutions towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.

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Panelist Presentations:
UNDESA Launching Report SWES Addressing Climate Change
Canal de Isabel II - Actions for SDG13 & SDG15 implementation on the Region of Madrid
Itaipu - Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and its Impacts
ICC - Climate action from the sugar agroindustry of Guatemala

 

 

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Master in Renewable Energy in the Marine Environment

 
The Master in Renewable Energy in the Marine Environment (REM plus) is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) offered by four universities: the University of the Basque Country, the University College Cork, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and École Centrale de Nantes. The master is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and provides some fully funded scholarships. This Maters Degree is an example of international cooperation for education and training in the marine energy field, gathering more than 50 associate partners from a wide range of sectors such as industries, research centers and universities, but could welcome more.

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Webinar on Ocean Energy


On 29 June 2021 from 9-10:30 (NY time) a webinar on Ocean Energy, organized by the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network in cooperation with its member SINTEF, brought together multi-stakeholders to showcase existing initiatives and disseminate information on ocean energy. Moderated by Mr. Moez Jomaa, Senior Research Scientist of SINTEF, this event kicked off with welcoming remarks by Mr. Ivan Vera, Senior Advisor, UN DESA. The panel of experts from IRENA, SINTEF in Norway, Orbital Marine Power in Scotland, Makai Ocean Engineering in Hawaii, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and University of Trento in Italy, shared experiences on integrated water and energy solutions related to ocean energy.

 

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Panelist Presentations:
UNDESA Opening Remarks
SINTEF presentation
Makai Ocean Engineering presentation
University of Trento presentation
IRENA presentation

 

 

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Network Contributes to Global Efforts on SDG7 by Announcing Energy Compact

 
On 24 June 2021 at the MINISTERIAL THEMATIC FORUM ON ENABLING SDGs THROUGH INCLUSIVE, JUST ENERGY TRANSITIONS, Ivan Vera, Senior Energy Advisor, on behalf of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network, announced that three Network members have made voluntary commitments for ​an Energy Compact:

  • Itaipu Binacional, the hydroelectric power organization of Brazil and Paraguay, commits to invest USD 5 million in capacity development for energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and USD 200 million to strengthen electrical transmission and distribution, consequently improving reliability, efficiency and electricity access in Paraguay;
  • The Guatemalan sugar association ASAZGUA and Spanish water company of the Community of Madrid Canal de Isabel II each commit to expanding its electricity generation to cover 100% of its electricity demand with 100% clean renewable sources by 2030;
  • ASAZGUA additionally commits to meet at least 30% of the electricity demand of Guatemala during the three dry months of the year through renewable energy, increase production of ethanol for transportation by 20%, and develop a new form of bioenergy from biological residues; and
  • Canal de Isabel II additionally commits to increase its energy efficiency by 6.8% by 2025 and to invest more than EUR 80 million over the next 10 years to meet these energy commitments.

 

 

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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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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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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


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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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.

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

 

 

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 November 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

 

 

Regional Capacity Development Event Asia

Regional Capacity Development Event Asia - Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions for a Resilient Recovery from COVID-19

01 December 2020 | Virtual Webinar

 

The interdependency between water and energy has significant implications for both water and energy security. Understanding the interlinkages at global, regional, national, and local levels is crucial to anticipate future stress points, develop rational policies, select appropriate technologies, manage risks, realize valuable synergies, prevent eventual conflicts and formulate effective and integrated sustainable water and energy solutions. Moderated by Mr. Ibrahim Hafeezur Reham, director of India operations at the VITO Arabia Science and Technology LLC, this capacity development webinar began with introductory remarks from United Nations University, followed by a panel discussion featuring presentations from Grameen Shakti & SolShare of Bangledesh, Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) of Myanmar, and Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of India. Participants shared on-the-ground experiences on innovative technological systems designed to secure efficient and effective use of water and energy resources and discussed ways to mobilize action to accelerate the adoption of integrated water and energy solutions in the Asian region to achieve the 2030 Agenda and build back better. Access our meeting recording via Facebook here.

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Panelist Presentations:
Grameen Shakti/SOLshare Presentation
Hydro Empowerment Network Presentation

 

 

Regional Virtual Event Africa

Regional Virtual Event Africa - Access to Sustainable Energy, Water and Sanitation: Integrated Approaches to these Key Services for Ensuring the Health and Well-Being of Vulnerable Communities in the World

17 November 2020 | Virtual Webinar

On 17 November 2020, the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network organized a regional capacity development event with a focus on Africa: “Access to Sustainable Energy, Water and Sanitation: integrated approaches to these key services for ensuring the health and well-being of vulnerable communities in the world.” Moderated by Sheila Oparaocha, International Coordinator, ENERGIA, the event kicked off with an introductory session by technical experts from WHO and IIASA/TENN, followed by a panel discussion featuring presentation by the Energy Commission of Ghana, OffGridBox of Tanzania, Tulima Solar of Uganda, and Solar Energy Foundation of Ethiopia. Participants at the event shared on-the-ground experiences on innovative technological systems designed to secure efficient and effective use of water and energy resources and highlighted the critical importance of ensuring universal access to modern and sustainable energy, water and sanitation services to achieve sustainable development and building back better. View more of our live events and recordings via Facebook

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Panelist Presentations:
OffGridBox Presentation
IIASA Presentation
Tulima Solar Presentation
Energy Commission Ghana Presentation
Solar Energy Foundation Presentation

 

 

Launch of the Global Knowledge Platform on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions
                in support of a Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19

Launch of the Global Knowledge Platform on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions in support of a Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19

21 October 2020 | Virtual Webinar

Access to energy, water and sanitation has proved essential to cope with the COVID-19 global pandemic. Featuring the launch of the Global Knowledge Platform on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions, this capacity building event provided a virtual space to exchange knowledge and experiences related to integrated water, energy and sanitation solutions in support of a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19. Moderated by Mr. Alex Trepelkov, Officer-In-Charge, Division for Sustainable Development Goals of UN DESA, the event featured high-level remarks by Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under Secretary General of UN DESA, Mr. Miguel Gómez, Coordination Director of ITAIPU Paraguay, and Mr. Luiz Felipe Carbonell, Coordination Director of ITAIPU Brazil. The technical segment included presentations from UN DESA, ITAIPU Binacional, ASAZGUA, Grameen Shakti, OffGrid Box, SINTEF, and the Region of Madrid Water Company (Canal de Isabel II). Integrated in the Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network´s website, the new Knowledge Platform will gather relevant data, facilitate information exchange worldwide and help disseminate knowledge about the synergies that can be realized when integrated approaches are used to tackle water and energy services, including during world health crises.

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Remarks from USG Mr. Liu Zhenmin
Remarks from ITAIPU's Director of Executive Coordination, Mr. Luiz Felipe Carbonell
Remarks from ITAIPU's Director of Executive Coordination, Mr. Miguel Gomez Acosta

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OffGridBox Presentation
Grameen Shakti/SOLshare Presentation
ITAIPU Binacional Presentation
CANAL AGUA-ENERGÍA Presentation
Global Knowledge Platform on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions
SINTEFF Presentation

 

 

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Launch of the Scoping Paper: 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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HlPF

2020 High-Level Political Forum Virtual Side Event on Integrated Water and Energy Solutions

07 July 2020

The importance of energy and water and their strong interdependence have become more evident during the COVID-19 world crisis of 2020. These are key services necessary to ensure the health and safety of the world population especially during a pandemic. Building on ongoing efforts by the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network, this event brought together global leaders and senior experts to discuss the valuable synergies and efficiencies that can be realized by using an integrated approach to water and energy services. The event featured the launch of the Scoping Paper on “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions” in support of the Global Knowledge Platform for this Network which is under development. Moderated by Manuel Menéndez, Spain, the event featured high-level remarks by the governments of Paraguay and Brazil and a panel discussion including presentations by UNECE, SINTEF, ITAIPU, ASAZGUA and IRENA. In closing, UN DESA informed on next steps for the network, which include the development of a 3-year workplan and the planning of the first Global Conference on Sustainable Water and Energy Solution in 2021.

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ITAIPU BInacional Publishes 17 Case Studies

09 December 2019

Itaipu Binacional, the largest generator of hydropower in the world, has published 17 Cases studies describing in detail its sustainable strategies and integrated activities addressing each of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Case Studies provide information about the objectives, challenges, lessons learned, and results of the most important activities and initiatives being conducted in the field supporting each of the SDGs. The descriptions identify the specific targets of the SDGs that these activities are supporting.

 

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2019 Annual Report of the Global Water and Energy Solutions Network

31 March 2020

The Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network works toward the vision of a world where there is an 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. The goal of the multi-stakeholder Network is to provide a global platform for all stakeholders to enhance capacities and signal their high-level commitment to the integrated approach to SDG 6 and SDG 7 in support of the SDGs achievement.

 

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Past Events

 

Scaling up climate action

Side Event on Scaling up Climate Action through Integrated Water and Energy Solutions: Delivering on the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

New York, NY, USA | 15 July 2019

UNDESA and Itaipu Binacional, with support from the Government of Spain and ASAZGUA, in collaboration with "Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions" network members, co-organised a side event on "Scaling up climate action through integrated water and energy solutions: Delivering on the Paris Agreement and the SDGs". The event took place on 15 July 2019 at the Cervantes Institute in New York. Underscoring that "6+7=13", panelists highlighted the importance of SDG6 and SDG7 for climate action (SDG13), and called for strengthened global efforts in identifying policies, technologies and practices capable of addressing these issues in an integrated manner. The panelists included representatives from Spain, the Netherlands, USDOE, ITAIPU Binational, the International Hydropower Association, the Climate Change Research Institute of Guatemala and UNICEF.

 

 

Third Steering Committee Meeting

Third Steering Committee Meeting

New York, NY, USA | 15 July 2019

On 15 July 2019, the Steering Committee (SC) of the of the "Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions" partnership, co- chaired by Mr. Alexander Trepelkov, Officer-in-Charge, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, DESA, and the two Director Generals of Itaipu Binacional, Mr. José Alberto Alderete and Mr. Joaquim Silva e Luna, met for the third time to review progress of the partnership to-date, discuss the implementation of the workplan for the remainder of 2019, and present and gather ideas for the workplan for 2020. Side event "Scaling up climate action through integrated water and energy solutions: Delivering on the Paris Agreement and the SDGs"

 

 

Expert Group Meeting

Expert Group Meeting on Enhancing Capacity Building Addressing Water and Energy Interlinkages for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region

Beirut, Lebanon | 25-26 June 2019

Co-organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in Beirut, Lebanon, 25-26 June 2019, the main objective of this meeting was to strengthen the capacity of ESCWA member countries and other relevant stakeholders to enhance their ability to achieve an integrated and sustainable management of water and energy resources, thereby contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting illustrated the benefits of a nexus approach while the discussions covered policy, implementation and positive experiences stemming from the use of such an approach, the role that a nexus paradigm can play in furthering progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals including clean energy and water and sanitation services, gender equality, the reduction of poverty and hunger, economic growth, and good health. The meeting concluded with recommendations for both member countries and for ESCWA that addressed institutional mechanisms to facilitate integrated approaches focused on water and energy interlinkages, national and regional collaboration on data collection and sharing, capacity building for advancing an integrated paradigm, and the transfer of technologies and know-how.

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Sustainable water and energy solutions as integrated response to climate change

Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions as Integrated Response to Climate Change

Paris France | 14 May 2019

Jointly organised by UN DESA, the International Hydropower Association and Itaipu Binacional, this event was part of a series of side events taking place during the World Hydropower Congress. The consultative meeting brought together heads of governmental, business and civil society delegations for a dialogue on sustainable.

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Inaugural Meeting of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network

Inaugural Meeting of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network

Paris, France | 13 May 2019

The inaugural meeting of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network, took place in Paris, France. The meeting jointly organised by UN DESA, the International Hydropower Association and Itaipu Binacional provided an opportunity to welcome the 16 network members and discuss the upcoming workplan. Members agreed that network activities in 2019 would focus on the development of case studies documenting concrete examples of integrated sustainable water and energy solutions, the preparations for an online knowledge hub, capacity building activities, outreach and advocacy engagements and an annual report including the network´s key activities.

 

 

Side event on How the private sector can contribute to achieving the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda

Side Event on How the Private Sector can Contribute to Achieving the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda

UN City, Copenhagen | 1 April 2019

A side event at the Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, entitled “How the private sector can contribute to achieving the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda” was organized. The event showcased best practices undertaken by private sector representatives to support the achievement of the climate and SDGs agendas, analyzed challenges and opportunities, and suggested possible strategies for further engagement with private sector. The event included remarks by the Under-Secretary-General of UN DESA Mr. Liu Zhenmin; Mr. José Alberto Alderete, General Director, ITAIPU, Paraguay; Ms. Claribelle Poujol, Head of Resource Mobilization and Partnerships of UNFCCC; Mr. Gonzalo Saenz de Miera, Director, Climate Change, Iberdrola; Mr. Ole Lund Hansen, Chief, Global Operations, UN Global Compact, and Ms. Constança Pinto Moura, Public Affairs Advisor, Danfoss A/S and moderated by Ms. Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor of TERI University.


Under-Secretary-General Mr. Liu Remarks

 

 

High-level Event on Water and Energy Interlinkages for Climate Action and Sustainable Development

High-Level Event on Water and Energy Interlinkages for Climate Action and Sustainable Development

Madrid, Spain | 9 December 2019

One year after the official launch of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network, UN DESA and Itaipu Binacional, with support from other network members and partners, cohosted a side event at the SDG Pavilion at COP25 in Madrid, Spain, to share progress and onthe-ground experiences in addressing water and energy interlinkages in support of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. At the event, high-level representatives of UN DESA, Itaipu Binacional, ESCWA, the Government of Spain and the International Hydropower Association shared concrete experiences on integrated water and energy solutions to address climate change, and highlighted the relevance of multi-stakeholder partnerships to facilitate knowledge sharing and capacity building. The event featured the launch of a report on 17 case studies on integrated strategies supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, developed by Itaipu Binacional in the context of this cooperation.

 

 

USG Liu Zhenmin launched the Global Network

USG Liu Zhenmin Launched the Global Network "Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions"

New York, NY, USA | 4 December 2018

USG Liu Zhenmin launched the Global Network "Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions", together with Mr. Mario Antonio Cecato, Executive Financial Director, ITAIPU, Brazil and Ms. Monica Perez dos Santos, Financial Director, ITAIPU, Paraguay. Alongside UN DESA and ITAIPU, the event included remarks by Ms. Cristina Goralewski, President of the National Forestry Institute, Ministry of Environment, Paraguay, and by Mr. Richard Taylor, CEO of the International Hydropower Association. The global sustainability network on SDG 6 and SDG 7 interlinkages will consist of a large number of multi-stakeholders who really care about the subject and promote an integrated approach to SDG 6 and SDG 7 in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The main objectives of the network will be to share best practices, experiences and quality data; strengthen capacity building; mobilise and scale up multi-stakeholder action; and enhance advocacy, communications and outreach. Together with UN DESA and ITAIPU, initial members of the Network include the Government of Spain, the International Hydropower Association and the World Energy Council.


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Side Event: Sustainable water and energy solutions as integrated response to climate change

Side Event on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions as Integrated Response to Climate Change

Katowice, Poland | 5 December 2018

On Wednesday, 5 December, an official COP24 side event, entitled "Sustainable water and energy solutions as integrated response to climate change" was organized. The event included remarks by the Under-Secretary-General of UN DESA Mr. Liu Zhenmin; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Ms. Patricia Espinosa; Mr. Mario Antonio Cecato, Executive Financial Director, ITAIPU, Brazil; Ms. Monica Perez dos Santos, Financial Director, ITAIPU, Paraguay, and Ms. Teresa Solana Méndez de Vigo of Spain's Ministry of Ecological Transition. The event highlighted the interlinkages between water (SDG 6), energy (SDG 7) and climate change (SDG 13). Speakers shared policies, business models and programmes with an integrated approach to water and energy as adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change. Furthermore, necessary technologies and good practices to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement at different levels were presented.


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Side Event: Strengthening integrated responses to water and energy as a strategy for climate change action, New York

Side Event on Strengthening Integrated Responses to Water and Energy as a Strategy for Climate Change Action

Cervantes Institute, New York, NY, USA | 26 September 2018

UN DESA together with Itaipu Binational and the Government of Spain, under the Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Partnership, successfully held an event entitled “Strengthening integrated responses to water and energy as a strategy for climate change action” at the Cervantes Institute in New York.
This event consisted of a high-level and technical panel, both moderated by DSDG. The high-level panel included remarks by H.E. Minister Gugile Ernest Nkwinti, Minister of Water and Sanitation of South Africa; Ms. Cristina Gallach, High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Spain; Mr. José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, Under-Secretary-General for Environment, Energy, Science and Technology of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil; and Ms. Arianna Giuliodori, Secretary General, World Farmers’ Organisation.
The event had over 60 attendees and provided an opportunity to showcase and discuss leadership examples on integrated responses to water and energy as a strategy for climate change action. The event also provided an opportunity to present the proposed Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network currently under development.


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