July 14, 2024

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Sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions on water and energy: Reducing poverty, promoting sustainable agriculture and combating climate change

Water and energy are strongly interlinked, with their interrelation exerting profound implications on several critical global goals, including poverty reduction, sustainable agriculture, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Access to clean water and reliable energy is essential for poverty reduction, as it enables economic activities, improves living standards, and enhances health outcomes, especially in impoverished communities. Sustainable agriculture, reliant on adequate water resources and energy inputs, plays a pivotal role in achieving food security and rural development. Water is indispensable for irrigation, livestock watering, and food processing, while energy powers agricultural machinery, processing facilities, and transportation networks. However, the inappropriate management of water resources and the reliance on fossil fuels for energy production contribute to environmental degradation and exacerbate climate change, posing significant challenges to sustainable development. Thus, addressing the water-energy nexus is paramount for achieving climate change goals, as it involves transitioning to renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and implementing water-saving technologies. Integrated approaches to water and energy management are essential for achieving synergies across these interconnected goals, fostering resilience, and ensuring equitable access to resources for present and future generations.

The 2024 High-level Political Forum offers a unique platform to assess the potential for this transformative pathway on water (SDG6) and energy (SDG7) and for scaled-up actions supporting poverty eradication (SDG1), sustainable agriculture (SDG2) and climate change mitigation and adaptation (SDG13). This capacity development side event of the 2024 HLPF, organized by UN DESA in cooperation with members of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network, will bring together stakeholders to discuss and showcase existing initiatives and disseminate information on integrated water and energy solutions

Agenda

Moderator: Sara Castro de Hallgren, Sustainable Development Officer, UNOSD
Raul Alfaro Pelico, Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Center, IRENA

Vijay Modi, Professor, Columbia University

Andrea Bolaños, Sustainability Director-ASAZGUA, UNALA

David Villareal, Climate Change and Alliances Lead, Iberdrola, Spain

Laura Paterson, Representative and Coordinator to the UN and Other International Organizations in North America, WMO

David Peral, ESG Analyst, Canal de Isabel II, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Gustavo Paredes, ICC, Guatemala

Miquel Muñoz, Senior Scientist, SEI

Discussion and Questions

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