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 Budapest Water Summit 2016 (BWS 2016), was one of the most important water-related events on a global scale in 2016. One of the main objectives of the Summit was to tackle the finance gap that exists in the water sector, and in this respect, it is crucial to point out that nine senior representatives of the most important and far-reaching international financial institutions were present, including the World Bank Group. Representatives of the development banks pledged to double the funds available for water related investments in the next 5 years during the meeting of the High-Level Panel on Water, which was held on the margins of the BWS 2016.
Among the participants of the BWS 2016, the organisers had the honour to welcome heads of states and governments, 16 ministers and several delegations of deputy ministers and state secretaries, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as leaders and high-level UN officials.
The outcome document of the BWS 2016 (Budapest Water Summit 2016 Messages and Policy Recommendations) covers six topics: drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, water-use efficiency, integrated water resources management, water quality, and finally the protection of the environment, addressing all aspects of the water cycle in an integrated and comprehensive manner. The outcome document serves as a guide for public and private sector actors, including of course governments, and our hope is that it will serve as a valuable soft law instrument in the years to come.
The organisers of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 are again providing the opportunity to hold side events on the margins of the conference. Fill in the application form, and apply now!
Only 0.007 percent of the Earth's water resources are on the surface, what is 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 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.