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Budapest Water Summit

8-11 October 2013 | Budapest, Hungary

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Highlights for Thursday, 10 October 2013

Budapest Water SummitThe Budapest Water Summit reconvened on Thursday, 10 October. Participants in the main plenary took part in sessions and high-level panel discussions on: good water governance; how to govern water wisely with specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) sustainable development goals (SDGs); green economy for blue water; and what is this green stuff. In the evening, a philanthropy roundtable took place.

In parallel, the Science Forum addressed issues including: universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); is there a sustainable future; green solutions for good quality water; and water quality and SDGs. The Civil Society Forum discussed good water governance and green solutions for good quality water, while the Youth Forum engaged on youth in water governance and green economies. The Business Leaders Forum examined issues including case studies of innovative company solutions for water supply and treatment, and water use management. A panel discussion addressed the contribution of the Business Leaders Forum to the Budapest Statement. Throughout the day, a water and sanitation expo and side events also took place.

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Screen shot from the Water and Sanitation Expo
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L-R: Brian Arbogast, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US; Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheswarananda; S.M. World Peace Council, India, during the Philanthropy Roundtable
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Kemi Seesink, Global Water Initiative presents during the Philanthropy Roundtable discussion, Rebecca Tharme, The Nature Conservancy, US

Good Water Governance
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L-R: Joyeeta Gupta, Professor, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Uri Shamir, Professor, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
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Amadou Hama Maiga, Deputy Director General, International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering, Burkina Faso
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Shavkat Khamraev, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Water Management, Uzbekistan

High-level Panel Discussion: How to Govern Water Wisely with SMART SDGs?
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L-R: Ivan Zavadsky, Executive Secretary, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River; Sibylle Vermont, Head Negotiator for International Environmental Policy Water, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment; Robert Varady, Deputy Director, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona, US;
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Michel Rentenaar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
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Uta Wehn de Montalvo, Professor, UNESCO IHE
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L-R: Márta Szigeti Bonifert, Chair, Management Board, Environment and Security Initiative; Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Chair, GWP; Michel Rentenaar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands; Uta Wehn de Montalvo, Professor, UNESCO Institute for Water Education (IHE); Boleslawa Witmer, Butterfly Effect

Green Economy for Blue Water
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L-R: Nguyen Thai Lai, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam; Sulton Rahimov, First Deputy Minister of Melioration and Water, Tajikistan
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Helen Mountford, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD
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Moderator Tom Soo, Executive Director, International Water Resources Association (IWRA)

High-level Panel Discussion: What is this Green Stuff?
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L-R: Doğan Altinbilek, President, IWRA; Christopher Briggs, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention; György Palkó, Managing Director, Veolia Water for Hungary and Southeast Europe.
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Julia Marton-Lefévre, Director General, IUCN
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Doğan Altinbilek

Philanthropy Roundtable
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Rachel Leon, Executive Director, Environmental Grantmakers Association
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Ned Breslin, CEO, Water for People

Water and Sanitation Expo and Side Events
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Thomas Chiramba, Division of Environment Policy Implementation (DEPI), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presents on UNEP's Initiatives on water quality and the development of International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems during a side event.
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Yoon, Jung-won, National Committee for the 2015 World Water Forum, Korea
Funding for coverage of this Summit has been provided by the
State Secretariat for Environment Affairs, Ministry of Rural Development of Hungary
State Secretariat for Environment Affairs, Ministry of Rural Development of Hungary

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Summit resources

*Summit website

*Summit plenary programme

*Summit documents

*Draft programme schedule of the Science Forum

*Draft programme schedule of the Civil Society Forum

*Draft programme schedule of the Youth Forum

*Draft programme of the Business Leaders Forum

*Draft programme schedule of the Philanthropy Roundtable

*Side events provisional timetable

*Global water agenda


General resources

*UN Water website

*2013 - UN International Year of Water Cooperation

*World Water Council website


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 5 November 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the High-Level Consultation on Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 21-22 March 2013, The Hague, Netherlands

*IISD RS coverage of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality, 27-28 February 2013, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS coverage of Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 13-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

*IISD RS coverage of the 5th World Water Forum, 16-22 March 2009, Istanbul, Turkey

*Post-2015 Development Agenda Meeting Reporting

*Water-L - A news and announcement list on water policy issues

*Water Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Addressing Sustainable Water and Sanitation

*SDG - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities

*SDG - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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