Hungary is hosting the Budapest Water Summit, for the second time, between November 28 and November 30, 2016. The event has been organised by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of Janos Ader, the President of Hungary. The primary message of the summit is: Instead of being a source of conflict and global risks, water can be a source of cooperation, peace and development for all countries that are committed to sustainable development.
The 2013 summit was attended by more than 1,400 participants from 105 countries — including more than 30 ministerial delegations, prominent scientists and leaders of business associations, civil society representatives and youth delegates, and also featured the participation of top officials in the UN system. The closing document of the 2013 summit—the “Budapest Declaration” — clearly declared that the post-2015 development agenda targets needed to include water-related issues as a stand-alone sustainable development goal, and also worked out the contents of this goal.
Based on the valuable input of the first Budapest Declaration, at the end of the 2016 summit, a second Budapest Declaration will be published that focuses on the implementation of the SDGs. This year’s Budapest Water Summit — organised under the leadership of Istvan Joo, Ministerial Commissioner responsible for the organisation of the Budapest Water Summit 2016, Chair of the BWS 2016 Organising Committee, and member of the REC Board of Directors — will serve as a strategic platform to link political decision makers more closely to technology development, financing and public perception. A further objective of the event is to give momentum to the practical implementation of the SDGs adopted for the period of 2015 to 2030 and also to the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement in terms of water management — including addressing any needed institutional framework reforms.
Open discussion with stakeholders — and especially civil society — is a fundamental asset in developing strategies and solutions for water management, sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Also, there can be no successful implementation without widespread social cooperation.
Civil society delegates from around the globe will express their views on the issues included in the summit agenda to ensure that water and sanitation-related SDGs and targets will be addressed in a bottom-up and inclusive manner, while at the same time complementing the top-down political-institutional actions discussed in the plenary sessions.
Through the different approaches taken within four thematic forums (i.e. Scientific, Civil, Women, Youth), and based on their valuable input to the work of the plenary and the final declaration, we hope to have the widest possible scope on true needs and possibilities related to the success of these implementation processes.
Please follow the results on the website of the Summit (www.budapestwatersummit.hu) and also on social media @BWS2016.