Budapest Water Summit 2013
Building on Hungary's achievements during its Presidency of the EU in 2011, the Hungarian Government selected the issue of water as its top priority in the run up to and at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012. To follow up the conclusions of the Conference Mr János Áder, the President of Hungary, announced in Rio de Janeiro Hungary's intention to organise a major international water event (Budapest World Water Summit) in October 2013. With the participation of UN Member States, competent UN agencies and bodies as well as all concerned economic and social partners the Summit aims to contribute to the elaboration of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals and provide concrete guidance on the most pressing water issues - drinking water, sanitation, waste water treatment, integrated water management, international water cooperation, innovative water technologies - with a view to defining the priorities of global development policy post 2015. The Summit will also strive to offer practical and affordable solutions to the water-related challenges of developing and developed countries alike. Integrated into the Summit parallel science, business, civil and youth forums will be organised, creating an opportunity also for the presentation of Hungarian companies, universities, researchers active in the field of water policy.