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Wednesday, November 8 • 14:30 - 16:00
The Energy/Water Nexus - Intelligent Management for Sustainability and Fairness

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Future global security, prosperity and equality will depend in large part on how the world responds to pressures on natural resources. The global demand for food, water and energy is increasing at an unsustainable rate, due to a rapidly growing global population, inefficient resource management, and the impacts of climate change. Agenda 2030 accounts for these challenges across several Sustainable Development Goals but their interdependencies (both synergies and trade-offs) are not yet adequately understood. This is most acute in the host nation and its region when it comes to the “water-energy nexus”.
This session will examine the most acute resource challenges in the host region through the critical interdependency of water and energy security. Water scarcity in Jordan and the Levant has the potential to further compromise social and political stability of the region.  Scientists have a role to play in developing better management systems through enhanced cooperation, knowledge exchange and institutional strengthening; improving water conservation and energy efficiency; building local capacity in water and energy sectors; and working together on transboundary resource sharing to build regional resilience. Opening channels of communication between states where there is political tension can, in turn, help to build trust and promote cooperation on other issues.
The session will also give an account of governance systems, technological choices and investments, and social and human infrastructure that are being developed in other parts of the world, bringing in representatives of science, industry, policy and civil society, to share good practice and to exchange knowledge.

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Roseanne Denise Diab

Executive Officer, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Roseanne Diab is Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a Fellow of the university, the South African Geographical Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS... Read More →

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Marcia C. Barbosa

Professor of Physics, Instituto de Física da UFRGS
Márcia Cristina Bernardes Barbosa is a Brazilian physicist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, did her high school at Colégio Marechal Rondon in Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, undergraduate and graduate studies at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre... Read More →
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Jauad ElKharraz

Head of Research - General Secretary, MEDRC Water Research
Has more than 16 years of international experience (Spain, France & Oman) in Water management issues, mainly Water Information Systems, Remote Sensing applied to environment, drought monitoring, desalination technologies, water-energy-food nexus and environmental issues. He has been... Read More →
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Gordon McBean

President, International Council for Science, ICSU
Professor McBean was born and educated in Canada, and obtained a PhD in physics from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. After an academic and research career that included serving as Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences at UBC, he was appointed Assistant... Read More →
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András Szöllősi-Nagy

Secretary, World Water Council
András Szöllösi-Nagy is a civil engineer by training. He got his first doctorate in applied math, then one in control science and one in systems science. He was research scholar at IIASA (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis) and VITUKI (Hungarian Institute for Water... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 14:30 - 16:00 EET
Philadelphia - Ground Floor