World Water Council

Budapest Water Summit 2016


The Budapest Water Summit 2016 is organised by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of János Áder, President of Hungary. The mission of the Summit aims that instead of conflicts and global risks water shall be the source of cooperation, peace and development for all the countries committed to sustainable development. To this end, participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 will lay down their proposed solutions for the relevant international bodies by adopting the Budapest Statement 2016.

Event Type:
Nov. 28-30, 2016
Budapest , Hungary

The main events of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 are the thematic plenary sessions with keynote participants discussing issues in the framework of six thematic plenary panels concerning the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals related to water (SDG6).

Each thematic session will be introduced by three keynote speeches to be delivered by the representative of a developing country, a developed country and an international organisation or NGO, respectively.

Keynote addresses will be followed by moderated Davos-style discussions by a series of distinguished panellists, selected with a view to ensure a proper geographical balance.

The conclusion of each thematic session will be summarized by a rapporteur, who will present the relevant findings to the closing plenary session. The Budapest Statement 2016 will be adopted on the last day of the event before the closing plenary session. The recommendations and achievements of the forums will be included in the document.

In addition to the plenary sessions, parallel stakeholder meetings will be held, namely

  • the Science-Technology Forum
  • the Youth Forum
  • the Civil Forum
  • the Women’s Forum

The Forums are also invited to provide written contributions to the Budapest Statement 2016.

The Budapest Water Summit 2016’s Inauguration Session will take place at 10 am on 28 November at Millenáris Park Theater. According to our plans, the Budapest Water Summit 2016 will close its session at 5 pm on 30 November.

On the margin of the Budapest Water Summit 2016, a Sustainable Water Solutions Expo will be held as well. The Expo is intended to focus on sustainable, innovative, environment-friendly solutions in the field of drinking water production, water treatment and water supply.

The objective of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 is to facilitate water to be the source of cooperation, peace and development in all countries that have a stake in sustainable development, instead of being the cause of global risks and further conflicts of the 21st century. For this purpose, the participants of the Summit shall discuss and adopt the “Budapest Statement 2016” in order to be able to propose solutions to the relevant international forums.

The closing document of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the “Budapest Statement” clearly declared that in the targets of the post-2015 development agenda, water-related issues should be included as a stand-alone sustainable development goal and also elaborated the contents of that particular goal. The proposals formulated in the Budapest Statement covered the whole spectrum of water-management.

The Open Working Group (OWG) responsible for the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), co-chaired by Hungary, adopted the proposals of the Budapest Statement 2013 and a report in which the water-related goal was an independent target. Therefore, the outcome of the Budapest Water Summit 2013 became an integral part of the new Sustainable Development Agenda (Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) which was adopted by consensus at the UN Sustainable Development Summit held 25-27 September, 2015.

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 builds upon the results and success of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by UN Member States. The Budapest Water Summit 2013 and the Budapest Statement 2013 has become a consensus-building reference point in international climate politics, a success that the Budapest Water Summit 2016 shall also pursue to achieve.

Preparation and adoption of the Statement

The Statement shall reflect the findings and recommendations of the Summit, the connected forums and the prior online consultation. The draft of the Statement shall be prepared by the Drafting Group of the Summit which is scheduled to start its work in July. The statement shall be adopted on 30 November, prior to the closing plenary session of the Budapest Water Summit 2016.

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