ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/SDPD/2015/BOOKLET.3

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda, Natural resource sustainability

Initiatives: Water & energy nexus

SDGs: Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Keywords: Energy planning, Energy resources, Energy security, Food, Food policy, Food security, Right to food, Sustainable development, Sustainable energy, Water, Water management, Water resources, Water rights

The water, energy and food security nexus in the Arab region

January 2016

The present booklet sets out an analytical framework for understanding the water-energy-food security nexus in the Arab region and considers the linkages that affect the achievement of water, energy and food security and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a view to mitigating climate change and ensuring access to food, water and sustainable energy for all.

Constructing an analytical framework for examining the water-energy-food security nexus in the Arab region requires a common vision based on shared principles acceptable to all Arab countries, despite differences in their natural resource endowments and socioeconomic capital.  This can be achieved by promoting a people-centered approach to the nexus, grounded in the SDGs, as the basis for an analytical framework in the Arab region whereby all three main components of the nexus are seen as equally important.

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