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World Water Day 2014: Exploring the Connection between Water and Energy

This year's World Water Day invites you to take a closer look at the many connections between water and energy.


The United Nations observes World Water Day on Saturday, March 22. 


This year, World Water Day organizers have chosen to focus on the connections between water and energy. According to the United Nations, the two are closely interlinked: “Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers.”


In collaboration with its member states and other key stakeholders, the United Nations system is raising awareness of this “water-energy nexus” and, in particular, is addressing the inequities faced by the world’s poorest people who live day-in and day-out without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, and sufficient food and energy services.


The United Nations has identified five objectives for this massive public education campaign: (1) to raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy; (2) to contribute to a policy dialogue on this subject; (3) to use case studies to demonstrate to decision makers that integrated approaches to water-energy issues can achieve significant impacts; (4) to find and engage key stakeholders; and (5) to continue to contribute to future discussions on the water-energy nexus.


What You Can Do


Help promote World Water Day 2014.  Add a World Water Day button and banner to your website 


Follow #WorldWaterDay on Twitter and Facebook


Find a World Water Day event near you.


Check out this video about the nexus of food, water, and energy: