The Budapest Water Summit resumed discussions in four plenary sessions on Tuesday, covering: water-use efficiency; integrated water resources management (IWRM); water quality; and water-related ecosystems. In the evening, delegates continued their deliberations on a draft outcome statement and attended a function titled “Water Connects – Wine Unites.”
The Budapest Water Summit opened on Monday morning at the Millenáris Park conference center, to the rhapsodic strains of Hungarian music and a live sand animation performance by film director Ferenc Cakó, illustrating the vital importance of clean water for communities around the world.
János Áder, President of Hungary, and three visiting heads of state from Bangladesh, Mauritius and Tajikistan addressed delegates at the inauguration session.
In the morning and afternoon, a series of panels convened. The opening panel of speakers discussed how water connects the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further sessions featured speakers and high-level panelists who discussed ways to provide safe and affordable drinking water, and to improve sanitation and hygiene.
Several events took place in parallel with the Budapest Water Summit, including a Sustainable Water Solutions Expo.
In the evening, delegates attended a concert and reception at the Palace of the Arts.
As was the case with the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary will once again be cooperating with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in order to provide media coverage of the Budapest Water Summit 2016.
We are delighted to announce that on the 28th of November the Budapest Water Summit 2016 will begin. On this occasion, Hungary will have the honour of receiving around 1800 participants and 600 Sustainable Water Solutions Expo visitors from 117 countries. The BWS 2016 will serve as a platform for discussion for heads of state and government, ministers, high-level representatives of international organisations, states and governments, members of the scientific, business and financial sectors and representatives of civil society from all over the world. The list of high-level participants can be downloaded here:
The Budapest Statement 2016 is available for consultation
After several rounds of discussion, the Drafting Group of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 has developed a draft Political Statement through online exchanges and a meeting in July in the city of Tihany, Hungary. As you may remember, the Budapest Water Summit in 2013 and its final document, the Budapest Statement was a milestone in finalizing a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on water. Now, after the successful adoption of Agenda 2030 and its goal on water and sanitation, we need to focus on the implementation of its water-related goals and targets.
Given the widespread international interest in the Budapest Water Summit 2016 and the large number of confirmations that we have been receiving from high-level delegations, we would like to inform you that the Inauguration Session will begin half-hour earlier at 9:30am on the 28th of November.