The Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions is a unique partnership led by UN DESA and ITAIPU BINACIONAL to promote Water and Energy Sustainability and other SDGs in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The objective is to build a global multi-stakeholder partnership and network to enhance capacities, dialogues and cooperation at all levels, for enabling cross-sectoral approaches, advocacy and knowledge management that address SDG6
and SDG7 and interlinkages with other SDGs holistically, in order to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The intention is to grow this global network over time to become one of the largest global
multi-stakeholder-based knowledge networks on energy and water.
Steering Committee Members
Mr. Juwang Zhu, Director, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UNDESA
Mr. Marcos Vitório Stamm, General Director, ITAIPU Binacional (Brazil)
Dr. José Alberto Alderete, Director General, Itaipu Binacional Paraguay
Ms. Sheila Oparaocha, Executive Director, ENERGIA
Ms. Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI School of Advanced Studies
Mr. Richard Taylor, Executive Director, International Hydropower Association
Mr. Ricardo Andrade, Director, National Agency of Water in Brazil
Mr. Manuel Menéndez Prieto, General Director for Water, Ministry of Ecological Transition
Mr. Celso Velázquez, Viceminister of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Public Works and Communications, Paraguay
Mr. Younghoon David Kim, President, World Energy Council
Strengthening integrated responses to water and energy as a strategy for climate change action, New York
On 26 September, UN DESA together with Itaipu Binational and the Government of Spain, under the Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Partnership, successfully held an event entitled “Strengthening integrated responses to water and energy as a strategy for climate change action” at the Cervantes Institute in New York. This event consisted of a high-level and technical panel, both moderated by DSDG. The high-level panel included remarks by H.E. Minister Gugile Ernest Nkwinti, Minister of Water and Sanitation of South Africa; Ms. Cristina Gallach, High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Spain; Mr. José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, Under-Secretary-General for Environment, Energy, Science and Technology of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil; and Ms. Arianna Giuliodori, Secretary General, World Farmers’ Organisation. The event had over 60 attendees and provided an opportunity to showcase and discuss leadership examples on integrated responses to water and energy as a strategy for climate change action. The event also provided an opportunity to present the proposed Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network currently under development.
Meeting with Under-Secretary-General Mr. Liu Zhenmin, New York
On Thursday 27 September, Mr. Marcos Vitorio Stamm, Itaipu Director General of Brazil, met Under-Secretary-General Mr. Liu Zhenmin to discuss the progress of the Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Partnership and the way forward. Both highlighting the positive progress of the partnership and emphasized the importance of showcasing best practices internationally. The Under-Secretary-General and the Director General reconfirmed their strong commitment to the partnership and look forward to cooperating at COP 24 and the years ahead.
Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions, New York
On Friday 28 September, the Steering Committee (SC) of the of the “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions” partnership, co-chaired by Itaipu Director Genertal’s and UN DESA met for the second time and gathered ideas for how to start building the global network of the initiative, as well as for implementing the 2019 work plan.