HIGHLIGHTS: Powering Progress Together

Watch Shell's Powering Progress Together forum live on Rappler. The forum aims to spark debate around how to remain resilient in a changing world.

MANILA, Philippines – By 2050 the world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion – that’s about 2 billion more today. The growing number of people, combined with increased prosperity, will place more pressure on vital resources of energy, water and food – a phenomenon known as the “stress nexus”.

As more of us move into cities, resource scarcity becomes an even greater threat.

So what does the future hold?

Shell, as a leading energy company, brought together representatives from government, business and society to discuss this challenge. The Powering Progress Together forum aims to spark debate around how to remain resilient in a changing world.

This year, the Philippines will be the first country in Asia to host the global platform, welcoming around 350 thought leaders from the public, private and civil sectors.

Why is it important to learn about the stress nexus and our changing environment? How will every individual be affected by this global dilemma? What can be done to remain resilient and ensure we will have enough energy, water and food?

Watch the forum on Rappler.

Follow the debate via our liveblog.


9:00 – 9:30 Plenary Opening of Powering Progress Together
• Welcome from Royal Dutch Shell Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry

9:30 – 10:30 PANEL 1: Energy-Water-Food Stress Nexus – An Introduction
• Brian Walker – Chair of the Board, Resilience Alliance and CSIRO, Australia
• Jeremy Bentham – Shell VP Global Business Environment
• Jose Lorenzo Tan – WWF Philippines CEO

10:30 – 10:40 Dance by El Gamma Penumbra

10:40 – 12:00 PANEL 2: Implications for Asia
• Carlos Jericho Petilla – Secretary, Philippine Department of Energy
• Simon Henry – Royal Dutch Shell Chief Financial Officer
• Brahma Chellaney – Professor of Strategic Studies, Centre for Policy Research; 2012 Asia Society “Bernard Schwartz Book Award” recipient for “Water: Asia’s New Battleground””
• Vinod Thomas – Director General of Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 1:40 REPORT 1: Shell Eco-marathon Asia Updates

1:40 – 2:40 PANEL 3: A Closer Look into the Philippines
• Dr Gemma Narisma – Programme Director for Regional Climate Systems, Manila Observatory
• Fr Jose Ramon Villarin – President of the Ateneo de Manila University; Climate Scientist
• Francis Tolentino – Chairman, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
• Paulo Alcazaren – Landscape architect/urban planner

2:55 – 3:05 REPORT 2: Energy Lab and Student Interview on Innovative Solution

3:05 – 3:45 PANEL 4: Inspiring solutions
• Julian Goh – Acting Director, Centre for Liveable Cities – Singapore
• Willie Smits – Forester, Social Entrepreneur and Chairman of the Masarang Foundation, Indonesia

3:45 – 4:00 Closing Remarks

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