Ambassador Peter W. Bodde delivered an inaugural address at the Fulbright Regional Alumni Water-Energy-Food Nexus Workshop on February 10 in Kathmandu. The workshop convened 45 South Asian alumni of the U.S. Fulbright, Humphrey, and International Visitors Leadership Programs, and another 40 regional and international experts, who from February 10 to 12 are participating in interactive sessions, presentations and panel discussions.
These U.S. State Department exchange alumni from the research community, non-governmental organizations, and governments joined other regional experts to share experiences and best practices. The experts will explore how water, energy, and food security are interrelated in the South Asia and global context.
Highlighting the importance of shared understanding on issues like the water-energy-food nexus, U.S. Ambassador Bodde said that, “For almost 75 years the Fulbright Program has worked with partners around the world to find the best of the best for international study and research.” He added that engagement in this workshop “will help ensure that, as individual countries and as a region, we improve the stewardship of our most precious resources and help ensure continued water, energy, and food security.”