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Water Connects - Budapest Water Summit 2016

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. 

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.

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.

Plenary Session at BWS 2016 Photo: MFAT

Summary of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

Following the success of the conferences held in 2013 and 2016, the Budapest Water Summit was organised by the Government of Hungary for the third time on 15-17 October 2019 with the motto „Preventing Water Crises”. The Summit was opened by H.E. Mr János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary was responsible for the full preparation and conduct of the Summit and all related events.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

Budapest Water Summit 2019 – Closing remarks

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Is Our Institutional Architecture Capable of Supporting Transformation?

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Transboundary Water Affairs – How to Move from Risks to Opportunities?

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Implementation – Do We Have the Right Systems at Place?

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BWS Bulletin - Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 - The Third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

Science Against Water Crises: Do We Know Enough?

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Technology to Avoid Water Crises – What Is Missing?

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What Is Needed for Doubling Investments?

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