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Water Security

The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus

  • Authors
  • The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 1-16
  3. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 17-43
  4. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 44-67
  5. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 68-87
  6. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 88-110
  7. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 111-130
  8. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 131-147
  9. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 148-171
  10. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 172-192
  11. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 193-203
  12. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 204-224
  13. The World Economic Forum Water Initiative
    Pages 225-233
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 234-248

About this book

Introduction

The world is on the brink of the greatest crisis it has ever faced: a spiraling lack of fresh water. Groundwater is drying up, even as water demands for food production, for energy, and for manufacturing are surging. Water is already emerging as a headline geopolitical issue—and worsening water security will soon have dire consequences in many parts of the global economic system.

 

Directed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the 2008 Davos Annual Meeting, the World Economic Forum assembled the world’s foremost group of public, private, non-governmental-organization and academic experts to examine the water crisis issue from all perspectives. The result of their work is this forecast—a stark, non-technical overview of where we will be by 2025 if we take a business-as-usual approach to (mis)managing our water resources. The findings are shocking. Perhaps equally stunning are the potential solutions and the recommendations that the group presents. All are included in this landmark publication. 

 

Water Security contains compelling commentary from leading decision-makers, past and present. The commentary is supported by analysis from leading academics of how the world economy will be affected if world leaders cannot agree on solutions. The book suggests how business and politics need to manage the energy-food-water-climate axis as leaders negotiate the details of the climate regime that replace Kyoto Protocols.

Keywords

Climate change Global risks Innovation United Nations Water management

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