The trilateral endeavor will culminate in a high-level Water, Energy and Food Summit – to be held during Expo 2020 on 19 – 20 January 2022 (tbc), coinciding with Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) – that will combine policy-making with practical solutions for water, energy and food challenges.
Water, energy and food are the most vital resources for human existence and essential to sustainable development. Climate change threatens the availability of these interlinked resources, while rising global populations and increasing urbanization add further pressures. To be able to feed a projected population of almost 10 billion in 2050, the effective management of our scarce natural resources is an existential challenge that we must tackle collectively.
The collaboration will leverage Expo 2020’s role as a global convener to spotlight the complex issues surrounding these three essential resources and highlight the need for collective action, including an integrated resource management approach, if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The Water, Energy and Food Summit will be the first initiative to focus on the regional and national policy steps needed to address these challenges in an integrated manner. Partnerships between governments, corporations, knowledge institutions and communities are essential as we effectively, efficiently and sustainably ensure that these scarce resources are accessible for today and tomorrow.
Youth is and will continue to be, at the heart of how these intrinsic global challenges are managed and will be at the forefront of all activities undertaken as part of this trilateral agreement. In the lead-up to the January 2022 Summit, interactive youth roadshows in each of the three countries will explore challenges around water, energy and food security, the results of which will then be presented to world leaders during the event. In addition, youth ambassadors will be declared within the Summit program.
To bolster the discussions during the conference, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will initiate a research collaboration involving academic and research institutions from the three countries. It will be led and coordinated by a Dutch consortium consisting of Wageningen University & Research, Deltares and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), who will develop three system dynamic models at a regional, national and urban level, together with researchers from the National Agriculture Research Center in Jordan and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture in the UAE, amongst others. The output of the modeling and analysis will be presented during the Summit through interactive policy simulations and discussions.
The announcement of the trilateral agreement and Summit comes the week after Expo Talks: Water an event exploring how this finite life-sustaining resource – the lifeblood of our civilisations, economies and communities – can be preserved for future generations. It was the final in a series 10 thematic talks that have brought together influential policymakers, thought-leaders, Expo participants and the public to help shape the thought-provoking content and conversations taking place during Expo 2020.