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Budapest Water Summit (BWS) 2016

28-30 November 2016 | Budapest, Hungary

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IISD Reporting Services - BWS 2016 On the third and final day of the Budapest Water Summit, delegates heard keynote presentations on four cross-cutting issues: climate and disasters; urban systems; transboundary water management; and progress toward a global indicator framework for monitoring of the SDGs, including SDG 6 on water.

A High-level Special Session on Climate Change and Water also took place, with addresses by leaders and representatives of Saudi Arabia, Poland, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Council for Science, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the Green Climate Fund. Speakers noted the increasing impacts on water and the growing scale of the challenge. Participants discussed how to achieve integrated approaches to water management and underlined the need to maintain the “water momentum” displayed at the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP-22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco, earlier in November 2016.

In the afternoon, András Szöllősi-Nagy, Co-Chair of the Budapest Water Summit, invited participants to discuss the Budapest Water Summit Messages document, which presents ideas for water management within the 15-year framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rapporteurs from each of the six sessions that took place during the Summit reported to plenary the main outcomes of discussions. Delegates also heard report-backs from the Women, Civil, Science-Technology and Youth Forums that took place in parallel with the Summit.

At the closing session, Szöllősi-Nagy explained that the Messages will remain a living document. Participants then welcomed the Messages by acclamation. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, Co-Chair of the High-Level Panel on Water, reminded participants that water demands an urgent response, and that immediate action is a matter of dignity, justice and survival. Csaba Balogh, Minister of State for Public Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary, said that the Summit had undoubtedly been a milestone in the global water agenda, drawing 2,600 participants from 117 countries. The meeting closed at 4.55 pm.

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Keynotes on Cross-cutting Issues

(L-R) Gabriella Vukovich, President, Hungarian Central Statistical Office; Graham Alabaster, Chief, Waste Management & Sanitation, UN-Habitat; Toshio Koike, Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management; Stefan Uhlenbrook, World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO; and Francesca Bernardini, Secretary, UNECE Water Convention

Toshio Koike, Director,
International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management

Francesca Bernardini, Secretary, UNECE Water Convention

Gabriella Vukovich, President, Hungarian Central Statistical Office

Graham Alabaster,
Chief, Waste Management & Sanitation, UN-Habitat

High-level Special Session on Climate Change and Water

(L-R) Javier Manzanares, Executive Director a.i., Green Climate Fund; János Pásztor, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change and Senior Fellow of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; Gordon McBean, President, International Council for Science; Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Mariusz Gajda, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of the Environment, Poland; Mohammed Al-Saud, Deputy Minister for Water, Saudi Arabia; and Johannes Cullmann, Director, WMO

Javier Manzanares, Executive Director a.i., Green Climate Fund

Johannes Cullmann, Director, WMO

Mohammed Al-Saud, Deputy Minister for Water, Saudi Arabia

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, WMO

Discussion Session

András Szöllősi-Nagy, Co-Chair, Budapest Water Summit

(L-R) Joshua Newton, World Bank Group, Global Water Partnership, African Development Bank; Balázs Heincz, ‎Water Coordinator at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary; and András Szöllősi-Nagy, Co-Chair, Budapest Water Summit

Plenary Session and DiscussionRapporteurs of the 6 sessions and the stakeholders’ fora report back

(L-R) Béla Kuslits, Regional Environmental Center (REC); Alice Bouman-Dentener, Chair a.i., Global Water Partnership; Chishala Kapupu, Go Green R^3; János Zlinszky, Director, REC; Anik Bhaduri, Executive Director, Sustainable Water Future Programme, Australia; Rozemarijn ter Horst, Board Member, Water Youth Network; Sarah Dousse, Executive Director a.i., International Secretariat for Water/Solidarity Water Europe; Marianne Kjellén, UNDP Senior Water Advisor; András Szöllősi-Nagy, Co-Chair of the International Programme Committee of the Budapest Water Summit 2016; and Stefan Uhlenbrook, World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO

János Zlinszky, Director, REC

Stefan Uhlenbrook, World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO

Chishala Kapupu, Go Green R^3

Alice Bouman-Dentener, Chair a.i., Global Water Partnership

Presentation of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 Messages

András Szöllősi-Nagy, Co-Chair of the International Programme Committee of the Budapest Water Summit 2016

Closing Remarks

Csaba Balogh, Minister of State for Public Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, Co-Chair of the High-Level Panel on Water

Zsófia Tomaj, Master of Ceremonies (left) and delegates express appreciation to
Summit Co-Chair András Szöllősi-Nagy and the organizing team.

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