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05 December 2016

Caption: András Szöllősi-Nagy, World Water Council Governor, Co-Chair of the International Programme Committee and President of the Drafting Group of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 presents the BWS Messages, 30 November 2016 ©Budapest Water Summit 2016

Caption: András Szöllősi-Nagy, World Water Council Governor, Co-Chair of the International Programme Committee and President of the Drafting Group of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 presents the BWS Messages, 30 November 2016 ©Budapest Water Summit 2016

Actions for a water-secure world

Budapest, 2 December 2016 – The Budapest Water Summit 2016 ended on Wednesday after three days of High Level Panels and Forums and months of international consultative processes. During a special ceremony, participants presented the Budapest Water Summit Messages and Policy Recommendations which lay out the concrete directions and guidelines needed to ensure the successful implementation of the Agenda 2030 and its water-related goals.  

More than 30 World Water Council Governors and members participated in the Summit, which was organized by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of János Áder, President of Hungary. The Summit included several high-level events, a Women’s Forum, strongly supported by the Council, and a special session to launch the Council’s Youth program. 

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 was one of the first global conferences to discuss the progress regarding the Sustainable Development Goals since they were adopted in 2015 and to contribute to setting out tasks for the following 15 years. The event took place on the road from the 7th to the 8th World Water Forum, and its outcomes will serve as an important milestone in the preparation of the Forum in Brasilia.

The Summit was also the opportunity for the High-Level Panel on Water to meet and review progress since its Call for Action last September. Amongst other topics, the meeting focused on the challenge of financing the world’s water infrastructure needs, including on water infrastructure and investment. It concluded with a statement calling on governments to develop policies and incentives to improve efficiency in this domain. The World Water Council continues to be an active participant of this process.