21.03.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

World Water Day 2014: Water for Energy and Energy for Water

21 March 2014, UNESCO in collaboration with National Commission of Indonesia and University of Atmajaya organized a seminar on the occasion of World Water Day 2014 in Indonesia. The 0.5-day programme, hosted by University of Atmajaya, consisted of a video conference link to the global launching the Fifth Edition of the World Water Development Report in Tokyo, Japan, followed by a series of Lectures which was broadcasted to universities in Asia and Pacific, using the UNESCO Connect-Asia network.

Since 1993, World Water Day has been celebrated every year. Every year WWD focuses on a specific theme, and this year’s theme is on ‘Water and Energy’. Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources, but also the production of biofuels require substantial amounts of water. Global perspectives on usage of water for energy and food are converging. The flashpoint from the water-energy nexus indicates the need to address inequities, share the resources more widely and use them more efficiently. This requires the development of policies and cross-cutting frameworks that bridge sectors and ministries, leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy. Particular attention is being paid to identifying best practices that can make a water- and energy-efficient "green industry" a reality.

Dr. Ari Setiadi Murwanto, Director of Water Resources Management, Ministry of Public Works, in his lecture “Sustainable Water and Energy Policy in Indonesia” focused on the importance of strategic planning and implementation planning. He also stressed that food security, water security and energy security are main sectors that are strongly inter related. He informed participants that water is everyone’s business and encouraged all to use water wisely and efficiently.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Gijzen, Director and Representative, UNESCO Office, Jakarta in his lecture “Water for Energy and Energy for Water” stressed that water and energy are two essential life support services and they are both essential for sustainable development. Water is life and therefore people will have to manage water better. He argued that transformational change in both sectors will need to be achieved in the coming decades, and introduced the term ‘new energy’ (renewable energy) and ‘new water’ (reduced water use and closing cycles). He then proceeded and presented a picture of a sustainable future where current problems in water and energy sectors will have been addressed and successfully resolved. He emphasised that transformational change is not only possible, it is needed. As such, a sustainable future is within reach.

The programme also included the national launch of the World Water Assessment Report 2014, which focuses on water and energy. Mr. Gijzen handed over of the World Water Report 2014 to the representatives of the Government of Indonesia

Download the World Water Report 2014 here
Download DR. Ir. Ari Setiadi Murwanto, MSc’s presentation here
Download Prof. Dr. Hubert Gijzen’s presentation here
Download UN Secretary General’s message here
Download UNESCO Director General’s message here

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