United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Re-framing silos to accelerate development pathways

Tuesday 25 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH Little Theatre
Cartoon of silos

The water-energy-food nexus helps to identify and overcome sectoral “silos”, and provides the opportunity to form new alliances, innovative public-private partnerships and social impact for development of projects and initiatives which can have cross sectoral benefits while being socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Projects which have a nexus perspective require the right policies, incentives and encouragement at national, regional and global levels. Institutions and leaders must be up to the task, supported by appropriate frameworks that encourage empowerment, research, information and education. Involvement of the private sector needs to be accelerated by establishing and promoting the business case for sustainability through a nexus perspective to drive change at the right scale.

Donors and investors play a key role in developing and influencing development projects and interventions.  Donor policies can be effective in providing not only seed funding but also for the multiplier effect in promoting solutions and investments that benefit across sectors. This seminar will explore and discuss the drivers and incentives for donors and investors to finance nexus projects, while aligning with development priorities.  The aim is to provide a clearer picture of the elements needed to move from nexus assessment to action to accelerate development and SDG implementation.


16:00-16:05 Brief introduction to session and format (5 mins) - IWA/IUCN, Katharine Cross/James Dalton

16:05-16:25 Nexus Framing Presentations (10 minutes each)

(i) "When the nexus meets the border: lessons from transboundary nexus assessments" 

UNECE - Francesca Bernardini, Secretary of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes Co-secretary of the Protocol on Water and Health

(ii) "Building Scientific Frameworks for Assessing Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land"

IIASA - David Wiberg, Water Program Director

16:25-16:35 Audience discussion facilitated by IWA/IUCN (10 mins).

16:35-16:50 - Audience roundtable discussion to identify key questions to the Panel. (15 mins)

16:50-17:25 - Panel discussion:
• André Liebhart, European Commission
• Franz-Birger Marré – Head of Division Water, Energy, Urban Development, Geosciences Sector at Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
• Samo Grocelj, Sava River Basin Commission
• Astrid Hillers, GEF Secretariat
• Francesca Bernadini, UNECE
• David Wiberg, IIASA
• Aaron Salzberg, US State Department
• John Rao Nyaoro, HSC Executive Director, Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat

Facilitated discussion with Panel  and audience (IWA/IUCN)

17:25-17:30 Conclusions