The three-day Budapest Water Summit 2016 began at Millenáris Park in the capital city of Hungary on Monday.
The summit aims to make water as the source of cooperation, peace and development, instead of conflicts and global risks, for all the countries committed to sustainable development, reports UNB.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with other heads of state and government joined the inaugural session of the summit.
During the summit (Nov 28-30), some 1,800 participants, including over a dozen of heads of state and government from 117 countries, will lay down their proposed solutions for the relevant international bodies by adopting the ‘Budapest Statement 2016’.
The summit is being organised by Hungarian government in cooperation with the World Water Council under the patronage of President of Hungary János Áder.
The BWS 2016 will serve 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.
On the occasion, around 1800 participants and 600 Sustainable Water Solutions Expo visitors from 117 countries are gathered here.
The water summit is particularly reliant on the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by UN Member States as well as on the success and results of Paris Climate Summit.
The summit is being attended, among others, by experts, professionals and officials from UN specialised agencies of water, sanitation and sustainable water management, other relevant Hungarian and international organisations, governments as well as business and academic communities, who can contribute to the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water.
This summit will be the first global conference that can summarise the results achieved since the SDGs were adopted and, in addition, can contribute to setting out tasks for the following 15 years.
The summit is taking place halfway between two significant global events -- the 2015 Daegu and the 2018 Brasilia World Water fora -- and it will serve as an important milestone preparing the 2018 global water event as well as a follow- up the event in 2015.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, János Áder, President of Hungary. Danilo Türk, former Slovenian president and chairman of the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace Han Seung-soo, former South Korean prime minister Korea were, among others, present at the inaugural session. –RH