Joint Press Conference by János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary and Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General at the opening ceremony of Budapest Water Summit on 8 October 2013.
The closing document of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the “Budapest Statement” clearly declared that in the targets of the post-2015 development agenda, water-related issues should be included as a stand-alone sustainable development goal and also worked out its contents. The proposals formulated in the Budapest Statement covered the whole spectrum of water-management.
The Open Working Group (OWG) responsible for the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which had a Hungarian co-chair, adopted the proposals of the Budapest Statement 2013 and adopted a report in which the water-related goal was an independent target. Therefore, the outcome of the Budapest Water Summit 2013 became an integral part of the new Sustainable Development Agenda (Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development), which was adopted by consensus at the UN Sustainable Development Summit held 25-27 September, 2015.