The President of Hungary, H.E. Mr. János Áder, together with H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H. E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, and Dr. Han Seung-soo, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, presented the Action Plan of the High-Level Panel on Water at a press conference held on the margin of the 71st UN General Assembly on September 21.
On the 8th of September 2016, the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities will hold its conference in Gyenesdiás, with the title „The challenges of adaptive water management in Hungary”, which is one of the official pre-conference events of the Budapest Water Summit 2016. The conference will discuss the National Water Strategy, the methods of managing extreme situations and the possibilities of the sustainable agricultural water management.
The preliminary programme of the plenary session and the four thematic fora of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 is now available. Participants of the four thematic fora will share and discuss their viewpoints, in 27 panel discussions altogether, about one of the most important questions of the 21st century: water.
Water is not only an indispensable resource for life, it is also one of the most universal themes for the artists of all eras. This fundamental element has ruled the fate of civilizations throughout history, and our everyday lives are also inconceivable without it. It may well be impossible to list all the forms in which it is present in our lives day after day. On the occasion of Budapest Water Summit 2016, the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center wishes to offer the many aspects of water as inspiration for anyone ready to share their photographic or video creations with the general public between 1 and 30 September.
The Budapest Water Summit 2016 provides the opportunity for the participating international organisations to organise side events. Side events should be thematically related to the Budapest Water Summit 2016 and can be held during the three days of the Summit within the available time frame in 30, 60 or 90-minute slots. Side events attract a large number of participants; therefore, the organisers can share and discuss their points of view to further address issues related to the goals of the Budapest Water Summit 2016.
The meeting of the Drafting Group of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 was held in Tihany between 21 and 24 July, in the Balaton Limnological Institute, Center for Ecological Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The three-day session was attended by twenty internationally recognized scientists, representatives of governments and international organisations from five continents.
To reach the solution of the problems related to water, an innovative and comprehensive approach is needed, which encompasses many areas and sectors concerned, from floods all the way to droughts over cross-border water management. The main objective of the Science-Technology Forum is to examine the thematic areas identified for the Budapest Water Summit 2016 from a scientific and technical point of view. The Forum will include a wide range of internationally well-known scientists from many parts of the world.