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.
Organised by the Hungarian Government and under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Hungary, H.E. Mr. János Áder, Hungary will host the third Budapest Water Summit in 2019 in order to actively contribute to the shaping of global water policy processes.
The event will be held in Budapest between 15-17 October 2019. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, responsible for preparation and organisation of the event, expects more than 2000 participants from countries all over the world – based on the attendance numbers of the conference held in 2016.
Mr István Joó, Deputy State Secretary for Export Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Chair of the BWS 2019 Organising Committee, explained that the motto of the Summit is „Preventing water crises”. The event is built around the issues of abundant, scarce and polluted water.
Similarly to the Budapest Water Summits held in 2013 and 2016, a water expo will be held again to present the latest, most up-to-date drinking and wastewater management technologies, as well as sustainable, innovative, environment–friendly solutions in the field of drinking water production, water treatment, water supply and water resources management.
Meeting of the International Programme and Drafting Committee (IPDC) of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 was held in Balatonfüred
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.
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.
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.