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Shell Powering Progress Together 2013 Rotterdam

On May 15th, 2013, the Shell Powering Progress Together Forum brought together 500 delegates from all areas of society, including government, business and civil society. Presenters from the different areas of society discussed the implications and solutions for the worlds’ vital resources that will come under greater pressure over the next decades to come.

Below is the full coverage shared during the event itself. Further information can be found online here. For more about what Shell is doing on resilience, click here

  • Welcome to the Shell Powering Progress Together Forum live feed. Starting tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET, the one-day forum will spark debate around how we can all survive, adapt, and grow in an increasingly volatile world. Here on we will cover the full day of debate and discussion as it happens.
    5/14/2013 2:08:33 PM
  • The Shell Powering Progress Together Forum gets the finishing touches before delegates arrive tomorrow morning.
    by Shell on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    5/14/2013 2:14:57 PM
  • Prominent speakers from NGOs, business and government will come together to discuss how to make society more resilient. See full details of tomorrow's agenda here.
    5/14/2013 2:22:35 PM
  • Watch a wrap-up of last year's discussions at Shell Powering Progress Together in Rotterdam.

    5/14/2013 2:39:19 PM
  • Four of the sessions tomorrow will be streamed live online here. First up Brian Walker, Chair of the Board at the Resilience Alliance, sets out what Resilience is at 10:15. We will then cover the Implications For Society session later in the morning. The two afternoon sessions to be streamed live will explore solutions and propose actions.
    5/14/2013 2:44:48 PM
  • What is the role of governments, business and society in achieving resilience for the future?

    How can the world become more resilient to its growing population and increased pressure on vital resources of energy, water and food?

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    5/14/2013 2:53:20 PM
  • We will be back at 09:00 Central European time and the first speakers will take the stage at 10:00am. We look forward to joining you then.
    5/14/2013 3:00:10 PM
  • Doors are about to open here at the Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam, for the Shell Powering Progress Together Forum taking place today. 

    The speaker sessions will begin at 10:00.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM via email

    5/15/2013 6:52:09 AM
  • Good morning and welcome! 

    We are live here at Shell Powering Progress Together in Rotterdam, a one-day forum designed to spark debate around how we can all survive, adapt, and grow in an increasingly volatile world.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM via email
    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM via email

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    5/15/2013 7:10:53 AM
  • Today's forum will take a look at how society, governments, businesses and cities all have a role to play in dealing with the growing pressure on energy, water and food resources – the so-called stress nexus – and ways of making society more resilient. For a copy of the full programme click here.
    5/15/2013 7:11:00 AM
  • As the climate changes and the world’s population expands, pressure on energy, water and food is increasing at an unprecedented rate. We must become more resilient, better able to cope with change.
    5/15/2013 7:13:14 AM
  • For those who cannot be here with us in Rotterdam today... 

    Four of today's sessions will be streamed live through Shell.
    com website here on this page. The first is at 10:15.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM via email
    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM via email
    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM via email
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    5/15/2013 7:16:29 AM
  • Last month, NGOs, consultants, businesses, and governments got together in Houston to discuss the energy-water-food - nexus. Here are the main thoughts from that session -- thoughts that will again form the core of discussions here in Rotterdam today.

    5/15/2013 7:22:50 AM
  • Speakers today come from NGOs (IUCN, WRI and the Resilience Alliance), business (Shell, Siemens, Yara, Masdar, McKinsey & Company) and government representatives (Centre for Liveable Cities, Rotterdam, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

    For a little more information on all the speakers today vist the website 
    5/15/2013 7:27:33 AM
  • We are here in Rotterdam, one of Europe’s most flood-exposed cities, which has adapted to become the world’s second-busiest port and is now a world leader in water management.

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    5/15/2013 7:30:23 AM
  • We will feature four live streams on this page during the day, so stay with us. Here they are:

    10:15 – Resilience - an introduction

    11:05 – Implications for Society

    15:00 – Exploring Solutions Together

    16:10 – Closing comments: Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb and Shell CEO Peter Voser 

    5/15/2013 7:43:55 AM
  • First session starts at 10:15 and provides an Introduction to Resilience: as pressure grows on energy-water-food, it is becoming increasingly important for our systems to be more resilient.
    5/15/2013 7:53:45 AM
  • Today’s Moderators - Maryam Nemazee

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Maryam will be hosting the sessions on stage and Victoria acting as our roving reporter, exploring Shell Eco-marathon and Shell Energy Lab both of which are taking place here in Rotterdam this week.

    Maryam Nemazee is an experienced television news anchor and journalist, known from Bloomberg Television and Al Jazeera English. Currently she is freelancing for
    Sky News.

    5/15/2013 7:56:16 AM
  • Today’s Roving Reporter - Victoria Koblenko

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Koblenko is an actress, presenter and columnist. She studied politics and Russia Studies at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and regularly acts as moderator at debates around various societal issues. 

    5/15/2013 8:01:20 AM
  • More than 500 delegates have now taken their seats.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM via email

    5/15/2013 8:07:16 AM
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  • Delegates are watching an introduction to today’s main theme – the growing pressure on energy, water and food around the world against a backdrop of climate change.

    5/15/2013 8:09:54 AM
  • Our moderators today are welcoming the delegates, who have come from as far as Singapore and Australia and represent both the public and private sectors.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM via email

    5/15/2013 8:14:34 AM
  • Maryam explains that Resilience is today's overarching theme for the three panels, which will focus on society, business and government. 

    5/15/2013 8:15:41 AM
  • Victoria Koblenko joins on the stage, to mention the other events taking place here in Rotterdam today: Shell Eco-marathon and Shell Energy Lab.
    5/15/2013 8:17:09 AM
  • Brian Walker, Chair of the Board at the Resilience Alliance and an expert in Resilience, takes to the stage.

    How much can you change and still be the same person, he asks? What about en eco-system? Or a business?
    5/15/2013 8:18:45 AM
  • Resilience is the ability to self-organise and adapt to change, according to Brian.

    Beyond a certain threshold, however, you can't return to the same state.
    5/15/2013 8:21:28 AM
  • Brian Walker -Resilience Alliance

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM
    Brian Walker is a scientist specialising in ecological sustainability and resilience in socio-ecological systems. He is currently a Research Fellow with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems and is also Programme Director and Chair of the Board of the Resilience Alliance, an international research group working on sustainability of social-ecological systems.

    5/15/2013 8:22:00 AM
  • As a system gets closer to its threshold, it takes a smaller shock to cross it.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM via email

    5/15/2013 8:23:47 AM
  • Making a system very resilient in one way can cause it to lose resilience in other ways.

    It is necessary to enhance general resilience.
    5/15/2013 8:26:10 AM

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  • Brian describes resilience as the ability to change but keep the same identity. He says the key attributes for resilience include: high diversity; not being too connected; responding quickly to change; being open; having reserves; fostering innovation; social capital; and adaptive governance.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM via email

    5/15/2013 8:28:39 AM
  • Brian sums up resilience in practice.

    5/15/2013 8:30:41 AM
  • Resilience is not about not changing: the only way to keep a forest from fire is to burn it every now and then. Probing the boundaries of resilience is vital. Maintaining resilience at one scale can requite transformational changes at other scales.
    5/15/2013 8:32:00 AM
  • Brian says that resilience calls for embracing uncertainty. He directs us to the Resilience Alliance website
    5/15/2013 8:34:17 AM
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth office's Special Representative on Climate Change, Neil Morisetti now takes the stage. He will present his view on Resilience, focusing on three specific interpretations: Withstand shock and maintain functions; adapt to changing circumstances; and transform to different way of life when current way no longer feasible.
    5/15/2013 8:36:30 AM
  • Neil Morisetti - UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    In January 
    2013, Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti was appointed as interim Special Representative for Climate Change. Recently retired from the Royal Navy, Morisetti has for the last three years filled the cross government role of UK Climate and Energy Security Envoy.

    5/15/2013 8:36:32 AM
  • Neil talks of pressure on the world's resources and climate change, He understands that's harder to realise if you live in a leafy suburb in a European or North American city. He says that governments and international institutions cannot tackle the problem alone, but they must not abdicate their responsibilities.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM via email

    5/15/2013 8:38:42 AM
  • He says governments are elected to look after the well-being of the population. But he suggests government responses can be in silos- we will be more effective through public and private sector partnerships.
    5/15/2013 8:39:18 AM

  • by camera on May 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM via email

    21st century threats require 21st century solutions

    5/15/2013 8:42:18 AM
  • What are the things holding us back from making progress? Neil suggests most of us have a short-term outlook. We don't like to change our behaviour- it also doesn't win votes. 
    5/15/2013 8:42:29 AM
  • Any questions so far?
    Share them here or via Twitter using the #ShellPoweringProgress tag. If email would be easier, send your comments to:
    5/15/2013 8:42:50 AM
  • Dick Benschop, President Director, Shell Netherlands, is up next.
    5/15/2013 8:43:13 AM
  • Dick Benschop - Shell Netherlands

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Dick Benschop is President-Director of Shell Netherlands and Vice-President Gas Market Development. He leads Shell's effort in raising the profile of natural gas by advocating the economic and environmental benefits of gas that offer new options for energy policy making. Before joining Shell, he was deputy minister for Foreign Affairs in the Dutch government.

    5/15/2013 8:43:29 AM
  • He talks about hundreds of millions of people coming out of poverty. Access to energy continues to improve across the world. Meeting that rising demand for energy will not be easy.
    5/15/2013 8:45:36 AM
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