World Water Forum 8

Multi-stakeholder Dialogue: Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus and SDGs Implementation Supporting policy coherence efforts in achieving the sustainable development goal efforts and implementation. ContactRabi H. Mohtar, USA,

Summary (pdf)                Powerpoint. (pdf)        Session Photos (link) (please credit:  J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue /

This event, and its consortium of partners, were the outcome of a momentum that has grown since the 2016 Stockholm World Water Week and which continued at the 2017 World Water Congress. These events and the work conducted by the consortium partners paved the way to Brasilia 2018.

The session was conducted in English, with simultaneous translation into Portugese. It included a keynote address and a panel discussion by representatives of relevant sectors, including banking and funding agencies, governance, science,  public-private partnerships (PPPs), communications and public engagement. The moderated discussion that followed also addressed audience questions. The debate aimed to support  policy coherence efforts of the Forum process toward achieving the sustainable development goal efforts and their implementation.

Co-organizers include:
Texas A&M University, Stockholm Environment Institute, International Food Policy Research Institute, International Water Management Institute, Global Water Partnership, Water Foundry, World Wildlife Fund, International Union for Conservation on Nature, World Water Council, UNU Flores, OCP Policy Center, Asian Development Bank, The World Bank,  International Water Association(IWA), Circle of Blue, Global Environmental Facility,  GIZ,  International Water Resources Association,    Water for Food (U NE), The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID),  The Joint Programming Initiative  (Water JPI), the American University of Beirut (AUB), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO).

The Cancun WhitepaperRaya Marina Stephan, Rabi H. Mohtar, Bassel Daher, Antonio Embid Irujo, Astrid Hillers, J. Carl Ganter, Louise Karlberg, Liber Martin, Saeed Nairizi, Diego J. Rodriguez, & Will Sarni (2018): Water–energy–food nexus: a platform for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Water International, DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2018.1446581.

Additional literature of interest:

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC), Maureen Ballestero Vargas and Tania Lopez Lee. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Costa Rica: The Case of the Upper Reventazon River Basin. December 2017.  access
  • OCP Policy Center, Rabi Mohtar. Climate Change and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the MENA Region.  OCP Policy Brief. October 2017 PB-17/39
  • OCP Policy Center, Global Nexus. Morocco’s Water Security: Productivity, Efficiency, Integrity. OCP Policy Brief October 2017  PB-17/34.
  • OCP Policy Center, Rabi H. Mohtar. What Role Can Renewable Energy and Water and Food Securities Play for North Africa and the Middle East? OCP Policy Brief. July 2017.  PB-17-28. July 2017.
  • Bassel Daher, WEF Nexus Research Group, and Texas A&M University (2017). IWRA Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Bridging Science and Policy MakingPolicy Briefing Water International, 6 download
  • Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) Latin America El Nexo Entre el Agua, la energia y la alimentacion en America Latina y el Caribe: planificacion, marco normativo e identificacion de interconexiones prioritarias. April 2017. access
  • Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme (NRD) GIZ. Practical Planning Management of WEF-Nexus Issues in Germany. April 2017. Download
  • OCP Policy Center, Rabi H. Mohtar.  The Role of Soils in Global Water and Food Security. OCP Policy Brief April 2016. PB-16/11.
  • Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme (NRD) GIZ. Coordination of Sectoral Interests in the Nexus Between Water, Energy and Agriculture. Mechanisms and Interests in Germany. March 2017. Download
  • OCP Policy Center, Rabi Mohtar. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Who Owns it?, OCP Policy Brief January 2016PB-16/03
  • Ait-Kadi, Mohamed, Chair,Global Water Partnership (GWP). 2016.  Water for Development and Development for Water: Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Vision. Elsevier B.B. Open access. doi: 10.1016/j.aqpro.2016.06.013
  • Gyawali, D. (2015) Nexus Governance: Harnessing Contending Forces at Work,
    Nexus Dialogue Synthesis Papers.
    Gland, Switzerland: IUCN DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.CH.2015.NEX.5.enNexus access
  • Ozment, S., DiFrancesco, K., Gartner, T. (2015) The role of natural infrastructure in the water, energy and food nexus, Nexus Dialogue Synthesis Papers. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.CH.2015.NEX.4.en access
  • Daniel Yeo, Global Green Growth Institute Ethiopia,  OCP Policy Center, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Thinking to practice: Applying complexity. The Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Global Drylands: Bridging Science and Policy (paper presented at the conference on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Drylands, Rabat, 12-13 June, 2014.) download
  • IWA / IUCN. Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions. Nexus Case Studies.  access
  • IWA The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Latin America and the Caribbean. access
  • IWA Nexus Trade-offs and Strategies Report 2016   access 
  •  6th World Water Forum HLP. 2012. Water, Food & Energy Nexus. Time for Solutions. Case Study Nexus. Download

Additional Resources: The Water, Energy, and Food Security Resource Platform