The third Budapest Water Summit will convene in Budapest, Hungary, from 15-17 October 2019, under the theme of ‘Preventing Water Crises.’ The meeting will focus on water security and aims to promote solutions and serve as a platform for political decision-makers, private sector representatives and the academic community to discuss the way forward. The goal of the Budapest Water Summit is to focus political, economic, financial and scientific decision-makers on priority water issues and to formulate messages and guidelines for the international community.
The 2019 Summit is organized around ten thematic areas:
Can Water Crises Be Prevented?
Value of Water vs. Costs of a Water Crisis - Are we Talking About the Same?
Water Crises - What is the Economically Rational Behavior?
Water Stress and Migration - Is There a Way to Prevent Crisis?
What is Needed for Doubling Investments?
Technology to Avoid Water Crises - What is Missing?
Science Against Water Crises - Do We Know Enough?
Implementation: Do We Have the Right Systems in Place?
Transboundary Water Affairs - How to Move from Risks to Opportunities?
Is Our Institutional Architecture Capable of Supporting Transformation?
This meeting will build on water-related outcomes of the 2016 Budapest Water Summit, the Paris Agreement, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also draws on the work of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Water, which convened from 2016-2018 to champion collaboration in the development and management of water resources and services, and produced an outcome document, Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action.
The 2019 Summit is expected to conclude with the Budapest Appeal, which will identify priority areas and concrete recommendations for governments on water security and solutions for consideration at relevant international fora, including the ninth World Water Forum to be held in Dakar in 2021 and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ meeting coverage, provided daily digital coverage and daily reports from BWS 2019. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has published a summary report in HTML and PDF.
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