Budapest Water Summit 2016 Messages – the way forward

On the last day of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 the closing document of the Summit, the “Budapest Water Summit 2016 Messages” was introduced to the participants. Professor András Szöllősi-Nagy, Chair of the Drafting Committee emphasized that the messages define a set of actions for uptake by stakeholders as they move forward to achieve SDG6 by 2030.

Regarding the five high level messages it was highlighted water is not only the most critical natural asset, but also is an enabler and an inter-connector. At the same time the document stresses that the increased water-related vulnerability and insecurity of populations worldwide demand an urgent response. It clearly points out that acting now is a matter of human dignity, justice and survival.

In order to give concrete and pragmatic solutions to challenges related to water, the closing document has identified a broad and comprehensive asset of actions which was welcomed by the participants.

As an annex to the Messages, the so called Budapest Water Summit 2016 Policy Recommendations have also been elaborated, covering all the thematic areas which are directly or indirectly related to water. The Recommendations provide a list of activities that can be carried out along the lines of the SDGs and cross-cutting themes.