A High-level Special Session on Climate Change and Water also took place, with addresses by leaders and representatives of Saudi Arabia, Poland, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Council for Science, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the Green Climate Fund. Speakers noted the increasing impacts on water and the growing scale of the challenge. Participants discussed how to achieve integrated approaches to water management and underlined the need to maintain the “water momentum” displayed at the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP-22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco, earlier in November 2016.
In the afternoon, András Szöllősi-Nagy, Co-Chair of the Budapest Water Summit, invited participants to discuss the Budapest Water Summit Messages document, which presents ideas for water management within the 15-year framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rapporteurs from each of the six sessions that took place during the Summit reported to plenary the main outcomes of discussions. Delegates also heard report-backs from the Women, Civil, Science-Technology and Youth Forums that took place in parallel with the Summit.
At the closing session, Szöllősi-Nagy explained that the Messages will remain a living document. Participants then welcomed the Messages by acclamation. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, Co-Chair of the High-Level Panel on Water, reminded participants that water demands an urgent response, and that immediate action is a matter of dignity, justice and survival. Csaba Balogh, Minister of State for Public Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary, said that the Summit had undoubtedly been a milestone in the global water agenda, drawing 2,600 participants from 117 countries. The meeting closed at 4.55 pm.