BWS 2016 introduced at the India Water Week

Invited by the Indian Minister of Water Resources, Mr István Joó, responsible for the organization of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 and also for the implementation of the Danube Region Strategy, attended and delivered a speech at the India Water Week in New Delhi, between 4 – 6 April 2016.

In his speech at the opening plenary session the Ministerial Commissioner noted that by 2050 nearly 6.7 trillions of US dollars will be needed in investments only to renew and improve the water supply and sanitations systems worldwide, according to recent OECD data.

The Commissioner explained that the global development framework adopted last year by the United Nations for the period 2015-2030 is a key element in the successful implementation of the water issue and therefore it is vital to act as soon as possible.

According to Mr Joó, there are about 1.8 billion people in the world who only have access to contaminated drinking water; 40% of the world's total population live in water-stressed areas.

The Commissioner added that in line with the expectations of the international community, Hungary will continue to actively participate in the shaping of global water policy processes. Therefore, following the success of the Budapest Water Summit in 2013, the Hungarian Government will host the next Budapest Water Summit between 28 to 30 November 2016.

Under the patronage of Mr János Áder, President of Hungary, the key objective of the event is to give momentum to the implementation of the water-related agenda and to link political decision-makers closer to technology development, financing and public perceptions, Mr Joó explained.

The Commissioner reminded the participants of Hungary’s globally recognised water management capabilities, which can be a strong basis for the cooperation between India and Hungary.