World water forum urges cooperation between energy, water communities


Xinhua News Agency


STOCKHOLM, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Global leaders in the 24th annual World Water Week in Stockholm urged the energy and water communities to work together to meet the challenge of providing clean drinking water and energy for a growing world population.
According to a press release from the World Water Week on Monday, water and energy are two inseparable resources that affect each other in many ways.
Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of World Water Week organizer Stockholm International Water Institute, said: "The challenges are immense. With the global demand for water projected to grow by 55 per cent between 2000 and 2050 and electricity demand expected to increase by 50 per cent in the next two decades, there is an urgent need for a closer relationship between the energy and water communities if we are to provide solutions for all peoples to prosper."
The collaboration between energy and water communities will be discussed during this week.
According to Kandeh K. Yumkella, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, one of the major challenges is to provide both energy and water to people who lacks of both and meet the increasing demand of these two resources.
This year's World Water Week started on Monday, during which Stockholm Water Prize, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, Stockholm Industry Water Prize will be awarded.