World leaders have come together at the United Nations in New York to share experiences and generate new ideas on how to manage water and energy demands to enhance sustainable development and meet the challenges of climate change. The one-day thematic debate, ‘Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Energy-Water Nexus’, .looked at global goals and frameworks for development, and at technological advances and investment in water and energy solutions. Read more…
The morning session saw high-level keynote addresses from political leaders and world-renowned experts cover the science and impacts of climate change, and the realities of investment in energy and water infrastructure. Participants heard that the latest scientific announcements have confirmed that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen above 400 parts per million for the first time in more than 3 million years. To safeguard the world from runaway climate change, governments need to decouple economic growth from dependence on carbon-based energy systems.
The afternoon round-table sessions looked at technological advancements and how to stimulate more investment in sustainable water and energy supply. Participants discussed how cutting-edge innovation and cooperation can increase resource efficiency across different sectors and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The European Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik, urged a holistic approach to the energy-water nexus. He told the meeting that the world community needed to think carefully – not only on how goals and targets on issues such as health and jobs, land, water and energy could drive progress in themselves, but also on how to address their interdependencies.
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