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Budapest Water Summit (BWS) 2016

28-30 November 2016 | Budapest, Hungary

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Highlights for Wednesday, 30 November 2016

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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(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

(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

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

(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

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

Highlights for Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Budapest Water Summit resumed discussions on Tuesday in four plenary sessions covering: water-use efficiency; integrated water resources management (IWRM); water quality; and water-related ecosystems.

Ministers from China, Jordan, Lao PDR, Senegal and Tajikistan addressed delegates on a range of issues, drawing attention to progress in water management in their respective countries.

High-level representatives from UN agencies, development banks, universities and companies engaged in water-intensive activities also took part in the discussions.

Participants acknowledged the need for: appropriate water pricing policies that will build in support for the most vulnerable; increasing the productivity of water in agriculture; intersectoral cooperation that engages all water-related sectors; and transboundary cooperation for river basin management. Calling for a holistic approach, many expressed support for promoting joint, multi-stakeholder efforts toward implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on water. They also discussed approaches to “blended finance” and public-private partnerships that will provide the necessary funds and expertise to develop water infrastructure, especially in developing countries.

At lunchtime, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the UNECE Water Convention with a birthday cake and a line-up of speakers.

UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach highlighted the success of the Convention in promoting good practice and securing financial resources for projects, and he noted interest in the potential for an intergovernmental platform for long-term political cooperation on water issues.

In the evening, delegates continued their deliberations on a draft outcome statement from the Budapest Water Summit and attended a function titled “Water Connects – Wine Unites.”

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(L-R) Jerome Delli Priscolli, Chair, Technical Committee, Global Water Partnership; Vladimir Rakhmanin, Assistant Director-General, Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); Hazim El Naser, Minister of Water Resources, Jordan; Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources, China; Rozemarijn ter Horst, Water Youth Network; and Mohammed Bushehri, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait

(L-R) Jerome Delli Priscolli, Chair, Technical Committee, Global Water Partnership; Olcay Ünver, Deputy Director, Land & Water Division, FAO; Regina Kuzmina, Managing Director Hungary & the Adriatic Region, Unilever; Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President, European Investment Bank; Bruno Tisserand, Research Programme Director at Veolia and President of EurEau; and Batbayar Zeneemyadar, Ambassador of Mongolia to Hungary

(L-R) Tom Soo, Executive Director, World Water Council; Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); Sirodjidin Mukhridinovich Aslov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Tajikistan; Mansour Faye, Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation, Senegal; Stefan Uhlenbrook, Coordinator, World Water Assessment Programme, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and Shammy Puri, International Association of Hydrogeologists

(L-R) Tom Soo, Executive Director, World Water Council; Alexandros Yannis, Senior Expert, European External Action Service; Sami Faruqi, Manager, Water and Environment Division, Islamic Development Bank; Betsy Otto, Global Director, Water Programme, World Resources Institute; Torkil Jønch Clausen, Member, Board of Governors, World Water Council; Ivan Zavadsky, Executive Secretary, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River; Daene McKinney, Professor, University of Texas, US; Peter Joo Hee Ng, Chief Executive, Public Utilities Board, Singapore; Stefan Uhlenbrook, Coordinator, World Water Assessment Programme, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and Shammy Puri, International Association of Hydrogeologists

(L-R) Mark Smith, Director, Global Water Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature; Helge Wendenburg, Director-General, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany; Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR; Anik Bhaduri, Executive Director, Sustainable Water Future Programme, Australia; Le Duc Trung, Director-General, Ministry of Natural Resources, Viet Nam; and Philip Gichuki, Managing Director, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, Kenya

(L-R) Mark Smith, Director, Global Water Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature; Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute; Jeremy Bird, Director-General, International Water Management Institute; Debra Kertzman, Representative, European Representative Office, Asian Development Bank; Alvaro Umaña-Quesada, former Minister of Energy and Environment, Costa Rica and Vice Chair of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace; Alex Mung, Head of Water Initiative, World Economic Forum; Jennifer Haverkamp, Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources, State Department, US; and Le Duc Trung, Director-General, Ministry of Natural Resources, Viet Nam

(L-R) Gábor Baranyai, Ministerial Commissioner, Ministry of Justice, Hungary; Stuart Bunn, Director, Australian River Institute, Griffith University, and Sustainable Water Future Programme, Australia; Ney Maranhão, Director, National Water Agency, Brazil; János Zlinszky, Director, Regional Environmental Center; Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director, International Water Association; and Charles Vörösmarty, City University of New York

(L-R) Nikolay Kosov, Chairman of the Board, International Investment Bank; Jean-François Donzier, Permanent Technical Secretary, International Network of Basin Organizations; Karin Krchnak, Senior Director for Water, World Wildlife Fund; Ania Grobicki, Deputy Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Patrick Lavarde, President, International Water Resources Association (IWRA); Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director, International Water Association; and Gábor Baranyai, Ministerial Commissioner, Ministry of Justice, Hungary

(L-R) Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE; Thomas Stratenwerth, Head, General, Fundamental, International and European Aspects of Water Management Division; Ivan Zavadsky, Executive Secretary, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River; Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland; Hassan Janabi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iraq; and Sibylle Vermont, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

Highlights for Monday, 28 November 2016

The Budapest Water Summit opened on Monday morning at the Millenáris Park conference center, to the rhapsodic strains of Hungarian music and a live sand animation performance by film director Ferenc Cakó, illustrating the vital importance of clean water for communities around the world.

In his opening address, János Áder, President of Hungary, identified water as the most significant issue of the 21st century. UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson, World Bank managing director Joaquim Levy and the heads of state of Bangladesh, Mauritius, and Tajikistan, addressed delegates at the opening, and messages were conveyed from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Archbishop of Constantinople Bartholomew I, and Pope Francis.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius and Co-Chair of the High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW), emphasized small island states’ extreme exposure to the impacts of climate change, and announced that the HLPW is currently taking stock of financing mechanisms for the water sector. Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, stressed the importance of water for agriculture and energy production for development. Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, outlined the HLPW’s priorities, including: building resilience to disasters; ensuring equitable water distribution; and developing resilient crop varieties and agricultural technologies.

In the morning and afternoon, a series of panels convened. The opening panel of speakers discussed how water connects the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The following sessions featured speakers and high-level panelists who discussed ways to provide safe and affordable drinking water, and to improve sanitation and hygiene.

In the evening, delegates attended a concert and reception at the Palace of the Arts.

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János Áder, President of Hungary

Peter Thomson, President, United Nations General Assembly

(L-R) Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden; Pavel Kabat, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis; Heiner Markhoff, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Power & Water’s Water & Process Technologies; Joachim von Amsberg, Vice-President, Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; Tegegnework Gettu, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator; Han Seung-soo, Former Prime Minister, Republic of Korea; and Danilo Türk, Former President of the Republic of Slovenia and Chair of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace

(L-R) Bai Mass Taal, Former Executive Secretary, the African Ministers’ Council on Water; Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, the Netherlands; Gérard Payen, Former Adviser, United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water & Sanitation; Themba Gumbo, Director, Cap-Net, United Nations Development Programme; Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute; and José Carrera, Vice-President of Social Development, Development Bank of Latin America

(L-R) Bai Mass Taal, Former Executive Secretary, the African Ministers’ Council on Water; Mohamed El Azizi, Director, Water and Sanitation Department and the African Water Facility, African Development Bank; Manuel Sager, Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Kenth Hvid Nielsen, Group Vice-President for Global Market Segment Water Utility, Grundfos; Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland; Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization; Themba Gumbo, Director, Cap-Net, United Nations Development Programme; and Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute

(L-R) Jack Moss, Executive Director, Aquafed; Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group / International Finance Corporation; Sue Goeransson, Director, Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure Team, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Joakim Harlin, Vice-Chair, UN-Water; Alix Lerebours, Board Member, Water Youth Network; Lesha Witmer, Women for Water Partnership; Ali Chavoshian, UNESCO Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM), International Drought Initiative (IDI); and Miklós Szócska, Director, Health Services Management Training Centre

(L-R) Mark Smith, Director, Global Water Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature; Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute; Jeremy Bird, Director-General, International Water Management Institute; Debra Kertzman, Representative, European Representative Office, Asian Development Bank; Alvaro Umaña-Quesada, former Minister of Energy and Environment, Costa Rica and Vice Chair of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace; Alex Mung, Head of Water Initiative, World Economic Forum; Jennifer Haverkamp, Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources, State Department, US; and Le Duc Trung, Director-General, Ministry of Natural Resources, Viet Nam

(L-R) Gábor Baranyai, Ministerial Commissioner, Ministry of Justice, Hungary; Stuart Bunn, Director, Australian River Institute, Griffith University, and Sustainable Water Future Programme, Australia; Ney Maranhão, Director, National Water Agency, Brazil; János Zlinszky, Director, Regional Environmental Center; Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director, International Water Association; and Charles Vörösmarty, City University of New York

(L-R) Nikolay Kosov, Chairman of the Board, International Investment Bank; Jean-François Donzier, Permanent Technical Secretary, International Network of Basin Organizations; Karin Krchnak, Senior Director for Water, World Wildlife Fund; Ania Grobicki, Deputy Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Patrick Lavarde, President, International Water Resources Association (IWRA); Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director, International Water Association; and Gábor Baranyai, Ministerial Commissioner, Ministry of Justice, Hungary

(L-R) Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE; Thomas Stratenwerth, Head, General, Fundamental, International and European Aspects of Water Management Division; Ivan Zavadsky, Executive Secretary, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River; Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland; Hassan Janabi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iraq; and Sibylle Vermont, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland


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