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July 4, 2013

Apply NOW to participate in the Budapest Water Summit and Civil Forum

HIGH HOPES: The Hungarian capital will welcome participants from around the world this coming October. Photo: J. Miers

The Rio+20 Conference of the UN decided that efforts made in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals should continue from 2015 onwards, and that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should guide these efforts. The SDGs will be set by the UN General Assembly in the autumn of 2014. The outcome document of Rio+20 titled "The Future We Want", drew attention to the cross-cutting importance of water in sustainable development. In an effort to promote the international discussion on SDGs related to water and sanitation issues, Hungary will be hosting the Budapest Water Summit (BWS) between October 9 and 11, 2013. For more information on the BWS, visit

To ensure broad and relevant stakeholder participation, the BWS will hold five parallel for a on business, civil society, science, youth and philanthropy. In turn, these groups will discuss five key issues related to water, namely:

  1. Striving for universal access to water and sanitation
  2. Integrated water resources management for the 21st century
  3. Good water governance
  4. Green economy for  blue water
  5. Financing the implementation of water and sanitation SDGs


The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) are working jointly to organise the Civil Forum, which will have civil ownership.  The contributions from the Civil Forum will be used to develop ‘Budapest Recommendations’ in preparation of water-related goals to be established for post-Rio+20 development agenda.

BWS_BudapestWaterSummit_Logo_Angol_copyAll water-related civil organisations are welcome to join the Civil Forum. It will be possible to participate either by taking part in electronic discussion of the documents and recommendations and/or by sending representatives to the event. However, there are a limited number of seats; hence interested applicants are encouraged to express their interest early to be considered. Organisations from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) and those countries with economies in transition that need financial assistance to attend are welcome to apply. Their attendance will be sponsored within the available means through an award scheme.

To apply, please visit