UN-Water Annual Zaragoza Conference

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17 Januray 2014

Cooperation between water and energy and with Governments is vital to securing services required in the near future, concluded the UN-Water conference held this week in Zaragoza, Spain, in preparation for World Water Day.

World Water Day, which is celebrated annually on 22 March, is this year dedicated to the theme ‘Water and Energy.’ In preparation for the event, 9 UN agencies and programmes plus more than 120 experts, representatives of international companies in the water and energy sector, government and non-governmental organizations met from 13 to 16 January in Zaragoza, Spain, to address the challenges, relationships and joint solutions that arise in ensuring access, efficiency and sustainability in the provision of water and energy.

Water and energy (W&E) are closely interlinked and interdependent. W&E inter-linkages have an important role in the post-2015 development agenda and the conceptualization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are indeed some main challenges, interconnections and opportunities for realizing synergies and benefits from joint responses on the water and energy nexus, including for the design of climate resilience and green economies. Partnerships amongst institutions, agencies and stakeholders can help in achieving some of these benefits.

The conclusions of the conference will serve as a basis for developing the key messages to be used in the campaign of World Water Day this year.

 

This news item was originally posted on UN-Water. Read the full press release here and visit the website here.