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COP 23 Special Event: “The Water Energy Nexus: Promoting Equitable and Sustainable Use and Management of Water and Energy Resources for All”
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27/10/2017
Date and Time: Friday, 10 November 2017, 13.15 to 14.45
Location: Bonn Zone COP 23, Room 7
 
Background
 
The Paris Agreement recognizes the importance and critical role of water and energy issues in advancing and promoting sustainable development through increased action. Boosting the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals related to Water and Energy (SDG6 and SDG7) will also have a positive effect on a number of other objectives such as health, nutrition, poverty eradication, economic productivity, and combating climate change.
 
It is therefore important to comment on the role of the hydroelectric sector in a sustainable, low carbon future. In order to achieve the 2030 Agenda, we have to ensure equitable and sustainable management of water and energy resources. Thus, best practices for bringing together human well-being and the integrity of ecosystems within a solid economy should be developed and shared in a joint international effort.
 
Summary
This partnership event will present and discuss the role of the hydroelectric sector in a low carbon economy, highlighting the leadership of the sector in the face of climate change. The importance of maintaining ecosystem services when generating hydroelectric power will link the conversation around the implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs 6 and 7.
 
Topics to be discussed during the event will include the disruptive technologies and the integrated resource management used in the hydroelectric sector, helping to create a sustainable future; the leadership role of the hydroelectric sector in sustainable development in a changing environment; the CEO Water Mandate, a special initiative of the UN Secretary General and the UN Global Compact, as a governance model leading hydroelectric power plants to high-standard sustainability achievements.
 
As climate change puts pressure on water resources, people and ecosystems become more vulnerable. To help mitigate climate change, a water-energy nexus approach needs to be in place. This approach includes measures such as REDD+2 and adaptation measures to reduce levels of energy and avoid negative effects on food production and ecosystem services.
 
Moderator
 
Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff, UNFCCC
 
Speakers
 
Helio Amaral, Executive Coordination Director, Itaipu Binacional, Brazil
Minoru Takada, Leader of Sustainable Energy Team, Division of Sustainable Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs 
Richard Taylor, Chief Executive, International Hydropower Association 
James Close, Director of Climate Change, World Bank Group 
Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century 
 
Important Information
 
Total time of the side event: 90 minutes
Proposed time for each presentation: 10 minutes
Presentations can be submitted in PPT or PDF format