After thirty years, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme has again a Hungarian chairman.


András Szöllősi-Nagy, co-chairman of the International Programme Committee of the Budapest Water Summit 2016, professor at the National University of Public Service (NUPS) has been elected chairman at the 22nd session of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP).

Professor Szöllősi-Nagy headed the secretariat of the Programme for two decades, then worked as the Dean of the Delft Institute for Water Education. His appointment is yet another success for Hungarian water diplomacy, as once again, after almost 30 years, a Hungarian specialist is heading the body, headquartered in Paris. Previously, György Kovács, former director of the Institute of Water Management Science, held the post between 1981 and 1984.

According to Zoltán Cséfalvay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the OECD and UNESCO, the significance of the chairmanship of the IHP is increased further by the fact that the appointment came at a time when – due to the Budapest Water Summit 2016 – the attention of international hydrological specialists and politicians active in water policy is focussed on Budapest.

In his speech delivered in Paris, András Szöllősi-Nagy emphasised that today, the issue of water has become one of the most important topics in the international arena. The UN framework system that determines the sustainable development activities for the next decade and a half (UN Agenda 2030) positions sustainable use of water as an independent target, and the IHP will play a very important role in its implementation. He also noted that Hungary is committed to sustainable water management, as attested by the organisation of the Budapest Water Summit 2016.

UNCESCO’s International Hydrological Programme was created by the UN in 1975. Through continuous development, the initial international hydrological research programme has evolved into an organisation that supports hydrological education and capacity development, water resource management and water governance.

Source: MTI