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The World Energy Council (WEC) and World Water Council (WWC) have joined forces to bring the issue of the water-energy nexus to the fore in the run up to the 7th World Water Forum, which will take place in Daegu, Korea, on April 12-17, 2015.
In the agreement, the two organizations commit to work together to build an integrated program at the forum, and to ensure that the water-energy nexus will be highlighted at the next World Energy Congress, to be held in Istanbul in 2016. Both events will serve to build on the expertise and content provided by the members of both organizations, many of which are already working on solutions to the water-energy nexus issue.
Professor Karl Rose, Senior Director of the WEC's World Energy Scenarios study and who is overseeing the WEC's collaboration with the WWC, said, "This is an excellent opportunity to bring our two organisations together to address the growing issue of the energy-water nexus. The World Energy Council highlighted this issue in 2010 with our groundbreaking report, Water for Energy, and we are now looking to address the issue in further depth as we begin work on our next World Energy Scenarios study looking to 2060."
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The WEC and WWC announced their partnership in celebration of the annual World Water Day, which this year has "water and energy" as its theme.
"The World Water Council has been working on the water and energy issue since the 6th World Water Forum, and this new collaboration will give us the means to push forward and encourage harmonized policies," said Benedito Braga, president of the World Water Council. "Water needs energy and energy needs water. Understanding the interaction between these two vital elements is paramount to developing a water secure future."
Marie-José Nadeau, chair of the World Energy Council, commented, "The energy-water nexus is a real issue for business and governments alike. We need to mobilise the public and private sectors to provide solutions to this growing problem and events such as the World Water Day are useful milestones in this process."
The World Water Forum is the largest water-related event in the world, aimed at putting water firmly on the international agenda. It is organised every three years by the World Water Council in collaboration with the authorities of the host country.
The World Energy Congress is the World Energy Council's triennial flagship event. The event is the premier global forum for leaders and thinkers to debate solutions to energy issues.