Actions for a water-secure world: Budapest Water Summit 2016

Actions for a water-secure world: Budapest Water Summit 2016

International WaterCentre CEO, Mark Pascoe attended the Budapest Water Summit 2016 in Hungary 28 – 30 November, presenting at the DroughtAction side event on 30 November.

Actions for a water-secure world: Budapest Water Summit 2016

Budapest Water Summit 2016, Hungary

Approximately 1800 participants and 600 Sustainable Water Solutions Expo visitors from 117 countries were in attendance at the Budapest Water Summit (BWS 2016) this week in Hungary. The BWS 2016 served as a platform for discussion for heads of state and government, ministers, high-level representatives of international organisations, states and governments, members of the scientific, business and financial sectors and representatives of civil society from all over the world.

Water Summit side event: DroughtAction

During a side event on Wednesday 30 November, 2016 which explored how resilience to water scarcity and drought could be built, IWC CEO Mark Pascoe presented on the outcomes from the Water Scarcity and Drought Summit recently held in Brisbane.

Some of the key outcomes from the Brisbane summit outlined in the session include:

  • The importance of planning for water scarcity as part of any long-term water management strategies

  • Water scarcity planning needs to build on improved water scarcity-related hydro-meteorological data and forecasting.

  • Planning also requires diversifying water supplies, re-assessing their reliability and sharply increasing the efficiency of water allocation while improving the efficiency of water use.

  • Seeking multi-benefit and multi-stakeholder solutions will be key to build resilience. This will require getting all sectors on board to better plan and adapt to the adverse impacts of water scarcity and drought.

  • Implementing short and long-term measures needs to build on fostering motivation and imagination to innovate and find adaptable scalable solutions.

The side event also included a reflection on the Australian experience of drought and how to effectively manage water scarcity and a discussion on DroughtAction – building an action agenda on water scarcity.

The Budapest Water Summit 2016

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 was organised by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of János Áder, President of Hungary. The mission of the Summit seeks to position water as a source of cooperation, peace and development for all countries committed to sustainable development, rather than one of conflict and global risk. To this end, participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 laid down their proposed solutions for the relevant international bodies by adopting the “Budapest Statement 2016”.

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 seeks to give momentum to the practical implementation of the sustainable development goals adopted for the period of 2015 to 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement within the UN 21st Climate Conference in terms of water management including the institutional framework reforms as necessary.

Budapest Statement 2016

After several rounds of discussion, the Drafting Group of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 developed a Closing Statement through online exchanges and a meeting in July in the city of Tihany, Hungary. The Budapest Water Summit in 2013 and its final document, theBudapest Statement was a milestone in finalising a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on water. Now, after the successful adoption of Agenda 2030 and its goal on water and sanitation, there is a need to focus on the implementation of its water-related goals and targets.

The Statement was adopted during the last session of the Summit on 30 November 2016 and can be read here.

More information

For more information on the Budapest Water Summit 2016, visit the summit website.

To learn more about the IWC’s involvement in the Summit, contact our team:
T: +61 7 3028 7600

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