A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.
“The summit was built around the themes of too much water, water scarcity and water pollution. Everyone is aware of the global challenges, while individual countries are impacted by different aspects of the water crisis,” said István Joó, Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The decision-makers in the most important positions for preventing water crisis came to Budapest.
“The 2013 and 2016 Budapest Water Summits played a major role in the creation of a dedicated objective aimed at resolving the water crisis,” the Deputy State Secretary emphasised.
At the Expo, some Hungarian solutions were also presented that could resolve the crisis. There are a number of projects around the world that are using Hungarian technology and Hungarian financing in the fields of water management, supplying clean water and wastewater management.
Mr. István Joó explained that in Hungary, the projects required to provide clean water for the population have already been completed. “95 percent of the capital’s wastewater is discharged into the Danube after treatment,” he added.
Hungary can provide assistance by offering technical solutions and by taking a diplomatic role, for instance organising the Budapest Water Summit every three years.
The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.
Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.
Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).
The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.
Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.
The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin
The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.
Watch the video recording of the opening ceremony.