The preparatory body of the Summit has now come together for the second time in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.
During the meeting, Mr István Joó, Deputy State Secretary, Chair of the Committee briefed the members on the progress of the preparations regarding the organization of the Summit. The Deputy State Secretary emphasized that the official website of the Summit, available at www.budapestwatersummit.hu from 15 May 2019, has been visited by professionals from nearly 100 countries within one week after its launch.
The Chair of the Committee also drew attention to the fact that online pre-registration has begun for the Digital and Nature-based Sustainable Solutions Expo, held on the margins of the conference. Applications are accepted until 30 June 2019.
During the meeting, representatives from the relevant ministries, professional organisations and educational institutions briefly reported on their own-initiated lead-up events, and the cultural events related to the Summit were also presented. At the meeting, the Deputy State Secretary stressed that in addition to improving cooperation between the various political, professional and financial sectors, the Summit contributes greatly to the international expansion and development of the Hungarian water industry and water education sector.
Meeting of the International Programme and Drafting Committee (IPDC) of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 was held in Balatonfüred
The organisers of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 are again providing the opportunity to hold side events on the margins of the conference. Application for organising side events was closed on 5 June 2019.
Hungary joins the work of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) through the water sector. In the coming weeks, it shall be reviewed what projects Hungarian companies and government agencies could take part in – said Mr Levente Magyar, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, during the conference entitled „Water Connects – Enabling the Environment for Investments in the Water Sector.”
Only 0.007 percent of the Earth's water resources are on the surface and are easily accessible, not too polluted, and almost immediately useable - interview with Mr Csaba Kőrösi, Director of Directorate for Environmental Sustainability at the Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary.
With the participation of the relevant ministries, professional organisations and educational institutions, the Organising Committee of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 (BWS2019) held its inaugural meeting on 6 February 2019.
Building on the success of the events held in 2013 and 2016, Hungary will host the third Budapest Water Summit in 2019. Under the patronage of H.E. Mr János Áder, President of Hungary, the conference will take place on 15-17 October 2019. The conference is organised by the Government of Hungary.
The Budapest Water Summit 2016 (BWS 2016), held in Budapest on 28-30 November 2016, was one of the most important water-related events on a global scale in 2016. Over 2,200 participants from 117 countries gathered in Hungary’s capital. Focusing on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda, the Summit also adopted a plan of action for measures to be implemented in the next 15 years in order to tackle water-related challenges.
The first Budapest Water Summit held in 2013 clearly contributed to the adoption of a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on water-related challenges (Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Water and Sanitation). The event had more than 1,400 registered participants from 105 countries and was attended by the UN Secretary-General.