Hungarian President opens 2019 Budapest Water Summit

Budapest Water Summit 2019 Opens

October 15, 2019

The 2019 Budapest Water Summit (BWS) has opened in the Millenáris Park in the Hungarian capital. The focus of the three-day conference is the prevention of a global water crisis, including water scarcity and pollution.

The goal of the Budapest Water Summit, held October 15-17, is to draw the attention of the world’s political, economic, financial and scientific decision makers to water-related global challenges. In locations where a crisis cannot be averted, those in charge need to assess all the possibilities of managing such occurrences in order to ensure the survival of affected populations, a document detailing the BWS vision says.

The first summit, held in 2013, formulated a set of water management goals to be achieved worldwide by 2030. The proposal served as the basis for the Sustainable Development Goal associated with water adopted by the UN in 2015. The proposal put forward by the second Budapest conference, which took place in 2016, was incorporated in the package of recommendations developed by the High Level Panel on Water convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the World Bank Group.

The central topic of this year’s Summit is based on the recognition that steps taken so far, while indispensable, have proven insufficient to prevent the escalation of water crises that increasingly impact the planet's present and future.


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