Past event

Conference

The New Politics of Water

Water security and economic growth in emerging economies

14 Jun 2011 - 10:30 to 15 Jun 2011 - 18:00

Chatham House, London

Do major emerging economies have enough water to support their economic growth?

Water is a critical global issue and demand will rapidly outstrip supply, especially in fast-growing emerging economies. Water extraction, storage, and use can cause radical change to ecosystems, with wide-ranging impacts.

Recognition has grown among governments, business, international organizations and civil society of the scale and complexity of the water challenge and the shared risks involved. Focusing on the major emerging economies, this conference will address key issues including

  • the complexities of transboundary water agreements: are new foreign policy approaches required?
  • what national plans are for water management in emerging economies
  • how industrial policy and economic growth will be shaped in 'dry' countries
  • what policy innovations can tackle water scarcity
  • which technological innovations can increase water productivity
  • what new partnerships and structures can unlock investment in water.

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Partner

McKinsey

  • James Leape

    • Director General
  • Mike Muller

    • Member, National Planning Commission
  • Lars Thunell

    • Executive Vice President and CEO
  • Giulio Boccaletti

    • Associate Principal
  • HE Watt Botkosal

    • Deputy Secretary General
  • Margaret Catley-Carlson

    • Patron
  • Anthony Cox

    • Head, Environment and Economy Integration Division
  • Charles Emmerson

    • Senior Research Fellow
  • Antony Froggatt

    • Senior Research Fellow
  • Marcelo Salles Holanda de Freitas

    • Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise and Environment
  • David Grey

    • Visiting Professor
  • Ania Grobicki

    • Executive Secretary
  • Bernice Lee OBE

    • Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance Programme
  • José Lopez

    • Executive Vice President of Operations
  • Jason Mitchell

    • Fund Manager
  • Amir Peleg

    • Founder and CEO
  • Ambassador Mithat Rende

    • Director General, Multilateral Economic Affairs, Energy and Environment
  • Usha Rao-Monari

    • Global Head of Water, Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department
  • Michael Norton MBE

    • Global Director, Urban Water, Halcrow Group and
  • Mihir Shah

    • Member
  • Dr. Vadim Sokolov

    • Deputy Director of Scientific-Information Center
  • Martin Stuchtey

    • Director, Sustainability and Resource Productivity
  • HE Alemayehu Tegenu

    • Minister for Water and Energy
  • Marco Antonio Velázquez Holguín

    • Deputy Director General for Planning
  • Dominic Waughray

    • Senior Director, Head of Environmental Initiatives
  • Professor Dr Patricia Wouters

    • Director - Dundee UNESCO Centre
  • Yong Zhong

    • Deputy Director, Department of International Cooperation, Science and Technology

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Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE

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Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1Y 7RA
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London
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Day One

Tuesday 14 June

09.30 Chair
Bernice Lee OBE
Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance Programme
Chatham House

Overview

  • Water, energy and food are interdependent. How much water is there in emerging economies and how can trade-offs be made?

Antony Froggatt
Senior Research Fellow
Chatham House

Session One
International and Transboundary Water

  • The conditions for constructive foreign policy approaches to transboundary water
  • Effective water sharing frameworks and river basin management plans
  • Are existing transboundary water agreements resilient to environmental change?

Chair
Bernice Lee OBE
Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance Programme
Chatham House

09.55 Speakers
Ambassador Mithat Rende
Director-General of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

Vadim Sokolov
Interstate Commission for Water Coordination of Central Asia
Regional Coordinator of the Global Water Partnership, Caucasus and Central Asia

David Grey
Visiting Professor
Centre for the Environment, University of Oxford

Patricia Wouters
Director, International Water Law Research Institute
University of Dundee

Questions and discussion

11.35 - Refreshments

12.15 Keynote Speech
James Leape (on the record)
Director-General
WWF International

12.45 - Lunch

Session Two
Water and Regional Development

  • Regional development plans and water
  • How regional resources can be used to best effect (water, food and energy)
  • Companies are becoming new actors in water management as their supply chains amplify or mitigate water scarcity. What is the business case for private sector involvement in the water sector?

14.00 Chair
Margaret Catley-Carlson
Patron
Global Water Partnership

Speakers
HE Alemayehu Tegenu
Minister for Water and Energy
Ethiopia

HE Watt Botkosal
Deputy Secretary General
Cambodia National Mekong Committee

Giulio Boccaletti
Associate Principal
McKinsey & Company

José Luis Lopez
Executive Vice President of Operations
Nestlé

15.00 - Refreshments

Questions and discussion

16.15 - End of Day One and reception hosted by Chatham House

Day Two

Wednesday 15 June

Session Three
Water Security for Major Emerging Economies

09.30 Chair
Bernice Lee OBE
Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance Programme
Chatham House

Keynote Speech
Michael Muller (on the record)
Member, National Planning Commission
South Africa

  • Making sufficient water available to meet economic, human and environmental needs requires active water management and policy coherence at national levels. How is this best achieved?
  • What policy, governance and regulation is necessary for effective water management?
  • What are the costs of increased water security, and are societies willing to pay?
  • How will industrial policy and economic growth be shaped in 'dry' countries?
  • What are plans to address water scarcity? How will they be funded?
  • The contributions of business and NGOs to shaping water policy
  • Which policies are most effective in incentivizing business to improve water efficiency and productivity?

10.00 Chair
Charles Emmerson
Senior Research Fellow
Chatham House

Speakers

Mihir Shah
Member, National Planning Commission
India

Marco Antonio Velázquez Holguín
Deputy Director General for Planning
National Water Commission, Mexico

10.45 - Refreshments

Dominic Waughray
Senior Director, Head of Environmental Initiatives
World Economic Forum

Usha Rao-Monari
Global Head of Water, Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department International Finance Corporation

Questions and discussion

12.40 Lunch

Session Four
Innovation

  • Which technologies can support national water strategies?
  • How can water productivity be increased equitably?
  • How water intensive is energy production? How energy intensive is water infrastructure? How can this resource intensity be addressed?
  • At what scale do water recycling and 'zero discharge' strategies increase water security?

13.40 Speakers

Ania Grobicki
Executive Secretary
Global Water Partnership

Marcello Salles Holanda de Freitas
Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise and Environment
SABESP

Amir Peleg
Founder and CEO
TaKaDu

14.40 - Refreshments

Session Five
Finance and Investment

  • What are the cost-benefits of investing in national water management?
  • What policy changes would stimulate investment in water infrastructure and technology at the necessary scale?
  • Which technologies are attractive to investors and what would it take for them to attract investment?
  • Where are the bottlenecks and how can they be addressed?
  • What new business models, new technologies and new forms of public/private partnerships can unlock investment?

15.10 Chair

Martin Stuchtey
Director, Sustainability and Resource Productivity
McKinsey & Co

Keynote Speaker
Lars Thunell (on the record)
Executive Vice President and CEO
International Finance Corporation

Moderated Panel Discussion
Anthony Cox
OECD

Jason Mitchell
Fund Manager
GLG

Marc Roberts
Chief Operating Officer
Water Asset Management LLC

16.30 - Refreshments and end of conference

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