The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has been an umbrella organisation for the nature conservation organisations of individual countries and their professional activities since 1948; as a neutral professional forum, it creates opportunities for cooperation between various areas of specialisation and sectors worldwide.
The International Association of Hydrogeologists is a charitable organisation conducting scientific and research work that has been serving engineers doing research, development and nature preservation work associated with groundwater, colleagues and scientists working on the ground for 60 years. The Association has over 4000 individual members worldwide.
The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, established in 1950, is a non-governmental organisation promoting sustainable water governance. Over the last over 60 years, the ICID has provided practical and networking assistance to the experts, theoretical and practical specialists from more than 100 countries in its network, so as to facilitate the development of innovative solutions, research programmes and water management regulations. The mission of the organisation is to promote the spread of sustainable water management through the coordination of the disciplines of science, engineering, technology, economics, agriculture, nature preservation and the social sciences and the implementation of water management, irrigation, flood protection and canal construction programmes that are sustainable, progressive, and which enhance the quality of life while also protecting the natural environment.
The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management serves as the global centre of excellence for water hazard and risk management. The severe environmental disasters of the last century included floods, droughts and heavy storms, and in the last decades of the 20th century, water-related disasters took the lead in the statistics.
The GWP Hungary Foundation – the Hungarian member organisation of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) – is one of the professional partners of the Budapest Water Summit. The international organisation, which is 20 years old today, was created to solve and prevent the difficulties caused by the freshwater crisis. The organisation currently operates with 3000 partners in 174 countries. Its target group consists of the populations of developing and water-deficient countries, but its educational, awareness-raising and expert activities also serve conscious water use in the developed world.
The World Water Council is an international organization that aims at promoting awareness, building political commitment and triggering action on critical water issues by bringing people together, through active hydro-politics, and serving as linkage between stakeholders and decision-makers.
UNESCO-IHE is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities. Over the last 60 years, the Institute has provided graduate education to over 14,400 water professionals from 160 countries, the vast majority from the developing world. IHE offers a unique combination of applied, scientific and participatory research in water engineering combined with natural sciences, social sciences and management and governance.
The Stockholm International Water Institute has a vision for the future: a world in which everyone recognises and respects the value of water, and where everyone’s basic water needs are met, everywhere in the world, in a sustainable fashion.