On 11 Oct, 2013 Water Summit was successfully closed in Budapest. 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. Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki-moon, deputies of UNESCO, FAO, WHO, UNIDO, UNECE, UNU, UN-Energy and other UN agencies together with deputies of other agencies such as OSCE, APWF dressed speeches during the Summit.
The Summit ended with the adoption of the Budapest Statement on 11 Oct. The Statement reflects the outcomes of the thematic sessions and the deliberations of the civil society, science, youth and business fora that took place during the Summit.
It emphasizes the fundamental rule that water plays in history and civilization process and regards it as the key to our future development. The Statement also claims that water unites people among and across time and space and water governance requires innovative approaches across sectors. It puts an eye on a sustainable water future and proposes a dedicated water goal. Capacity development for water and a robust intergovernmental institutional mechanism are also noticed in the Statement.
The Summit came up with policy recommendations to reinforce a sustainable development goal on water, which focus on five important issues for robust water policy approaches:
a. Well defined, globally, regionally and nationally meaningful SMART(ER) targets to ensure universal and sustainable access to safe water and sanitation and hygiene;
b. Improved methods of integrating technical, environmental, social and political aspects into water, including waste water, management;
c. Good and effective water governance, that applies the principles of transparency, accountability, access to information, participation and cooperation, relevant for any political system, with due consideration of stakeholder engagement, integrity and local circumstances when developing and implementing policies;
d. Effective incentives for using water to create and support green economies, ensuring prioritization of water resource management in national plans;
e. New micro and macro, private, public and innovative funding mechanisms to finance the implementation of (a) through (d) and for the management of water within a sustainable development framework.