We gave a chance to the future in 2013 – The first Budapest Water Summit

The first Budapest Water Summit held between 8 and 11 October 2013 in Budapest was  attended by more than 1400 participants from 105 countries – including more than 30 Ministerial Delegations, prominent scientists and leaders of business associations – in order to discuss the role of water in the global sustainable development agenda with the participation of top officials of the UN system, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as heads of major UN agencies and leaders of international water organizations.

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.