This year’s World Water Day was celebrated under the theme ‘Water and Energy’. On March 21 and 22, United Nations, working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders, shed the light on the water-energy nexus and on addressing inequities, especially for the ‘bottom billion’ who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services.
Among the objectives of World Water Day in 2014, whose official celebrations took place in Tokyo, Japan were to:
- Raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy
- Contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the nexus of water and energy
- Demonstrate, through case studies, to decision makers in the energy sector and the water domain that integrated approaches and solutions to water-energy issues can achieve greater economic and social impacts
- Contribute as relevant to the post-2015 discussions in relation to the water-energy nexus.
Water and Energy, as the theme of this year’s celebrations, has also been defined as one of the eight EIP Water priority areas,while there are already three out of the nine initial Action Groups active in this field. Even though, the groups focus on different issues, their work is interlinked. The three Action Groups are
To read more about the EIP Action groups, please visit EIP website