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Gerald Lacey Lecture 2021: Water, Food Security and the Global Goals

irrigation-fields17th May 2021

Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, London – and online 

Registration details coming soon…

UN-Water reports that one-fifth of the world’s population currently live in areas of water scarcity while two thirds experience water scarcity for at least one month a year. All economic sectors use this resource, which is vital for life on our planet and for our planet’s ecosystems. The competition for water is on the rise, driven by demographics, economic growth, and changing lifestyles and diets, all further stressed by climate change. With this in the background, we estimate a 50% increase in global food demand by 2050.

The global community has made commitments and established targets towards securing water for all and ending hunger, as part of an interconnected set of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A few months ago, the SDG Summit held at the UN headquarters in New York concluded that the world was off track in achieving the SDGs, including the targets of SDG2 ‘zero hunger’ and SDG6 ‘water and sanitation for all’. An action decade is now in effect and acceleration frameworks and actions are being announced.

The speaker will illustrate the linkages between the key goals, provide examples from combined outcome of these linkages on selected scenarios towards food security, and what the accelerators for water may look like.

About the Speaker

Our 2021 Gerald Lacey Lecture will be delivered by Mr. Olcay Unver. Olcay is the Deputy-Director of the Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) since September 2013 and UN-Water Vice-Chair since August 2018.

Between 2007 and 2013, he served as Coordinator of the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme. Prior to that, he was a distinguished professor of water resources at Kent State University, Ohio, USA, and President of the GAP project in Turkey.

Mr. Ünver holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (water resources planning and management) from the University of Texas, Austin and a Masters (hydraulics) and Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

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November 2021, Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, London – and online

Originally planned as our November 2020 meeting, we have decided to postpone this meeting until 2021 to allow us to hold it as a physical meeting. More details to follow.