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Budapest Water Summit 8-11 October 2013 - Science Forum

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Thus the principal objective of the 2013 Budapest Water Summit: The Role of Water and Sanitation in the Global Sustainable Development Agenda is to take stock of the various developments, in and outside the UN system, in preparing water-related goals for the post Rio+20 development agenda.

Based on the outcomes of various UN programmes and initiatives as well as the World Water Forum series of the World Water Council, respectively, it also aims to present practical, accessible and affordable solutions to the main challenges identified. The Summit is expected to provide defining contributions to the elaboration of one overarching SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) SDG on water and sanitation that corresponds and responds to multidimensional challenges.

The Budapest Water Summit is envisaged as a policy forum to facilitate consensus building amongst stakeholders concerning water and sanitation policy goals. As the Summit aims to formulate a concrete recommendation for the UN General Assembly for setting the post-2015 development agenda, it must bridge political, scientific and technical aspects in the elaboration of the water and sanitation related SDG. It is therefore imperative that the Summit be structured in such a way as to provide an open policy forum for all stakeholders involved in shaping the global post-2015 agenda.


The Science Forum will hold its sessions fr two and half days on 9-11 October. The sessions of the Science Forum will mirror the issues and structure of the Summit plenary.

9 October, Morning

Session 1: Integrated Water Resources Management for the 21st century

Chair: Mr Shaminder Puri, Secretary General, International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) [confirmed]

Rapporteur: Mr Daene C. McKinney, Professor, University of Texas at Austin, USA [confirmed]

Keynote speech 1: Global Hydrological Cycle and Regional Availability

Mr Taikan Oki, Professor, Laboratory for Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan [confirmed]

Keynote speech 2: Water Related Disasters and Hydrological Change

Mr András Bárdossy, Professor, Institut für Wasser- und Umweltsystemmodellierung, Universität Stuttgart, Germany [confirmed]

Keynote speech 3: Modelling climate-water-food-energy nexus - modern term for IWRM

Mr Slobodan P. Simonovic, Director of Engineering Studies, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, University of Western Ontario, Canada [confirmed]

High-level panel discussion: Integrated Water Resource Management in a Changing World

Moderator: Mr Waleed K. Zubari, Professor, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain [confirmed]

Panel members:

Mr Narcio Rodrigues, Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Minas Gerais, Brazil [confirmed]

Mr Mohamed Abdel-Motaleb, President, National Water Research Center, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt [confirmed]

Mr János Józsa, Professor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering, Hungary [confirmed]

Mr Jan Leentvar, Professor, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Netherlands [confirmed]

Ms Ruth Mathews, Executive Director, Water Footprint Network [to be confirmed]

9 October, Afternoon

Session 2: Good Water Governance: Sustainable Development

Chair: Mr Janusz Kindler, Professor, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland [confirmed]

Rapporteur: Mr Olcay Ünver, Coordinator, World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), UNESCO [confirmed]

Keynote speech 1: Governance to Meet Future SDGs

Ms Joyeeta Gupta, Professor, University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences [confirmed]

Keynote speech 2: Water Governance in Times of Change

Ms Claudia Pahl-Wöstl, Chair of Resources Management, University of Osnabrück Institute of Environmental Systems Research, Germany [confirmed]

Keynote speech 3: How to Teach Water Sciences and for Whom?

Mr Stefan Uhlenbrook, Professor, Vice Rector Academic and Student Affairs, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education [confirmed]

High-level panel discussion: Good Governance: is it Existing?

Moderator: Mr Hans-Peter Nachtnebel, Professor, BOKU, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria [confirmed]

Panel members:

Mr Daniel Peter Loucks, Professor, Cornell University, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, USA [confirmed]

Mr Fekahmed Negash Nuru, Director, Boundary and Transboundary Rivers Affairs Directorate, Ministry of Water and Energy, Ethiopia [confirmed]

Mr Lekan Oyebande, Professor, Chair of the Technical Committee, Global Water Partnership in West Africa GWP/WA, University of Lagos, Nigeria [to be confirmed]

Mr. Jun Xia, Board Governor, World Water Council (WWC); Chair Professor & Dean, The Research Institute for Water Security (RIWS) Wuhan University, China [confirmed]

Mr. Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director, International Water Association (IWA) [confirmed]

Mr Steven L. Stockton, Director of Civil Works, US Army Corps of Engineers [to be confirmed]

10 October, Morning

Session 3: Striving for Universal Access to Water and Sanitation

Chair: Mr Glen Daigger, President and Chairman, International Water Association (IWA), USA [confirmed]

Rapporteur: Mr José Alberto Tejada Guibert, Program Executive Officer, Global Waters for Sustainability Program, Florida International University; former Director, Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO, Peru [confirmed]

Keynote speech 1: Water Supply and Sanitation: Bridging the Divide

Mr Christian Zurbrügg, Head of Department, Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG-Sandec) [confirmed]

Keynote speech 2: Reinvent the Toilet for the Urban Poor

Ms Tove Larsen, Senior Scientist, Urban Water Management, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG-Sandec) [confirmed]

Keynote speech 3: Sanitation in Low Income Countries

Ms Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, Director, Division of Water Sciences and Secretary, International Hydrological Programme, UNESCO, Mexico [confirmed]

High-level panel discussion: Is there a Sustainable Future?

Moderator: Mr Hamanth C. Kasan, Professor, RAND Water, South Africa [confirmed]

Panel members:

Mr Kalinithy Vairavamoorthy, Dean, Patel College of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida, USA, Sri Lanka [confirmed]

Mr Markus Starkl, Senior Scientist, BOKU, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria [confirmed]

Mr Chew Men Long, Chief Executive Officer, Public Utility Board, Singapore [confirmed]

Mr. Stefan Reuter, Director, Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association (BORDA), Germany [to be confirmed]

Mr. Neil Macleod, Head of Water & Sanitation, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa [to be confirmed]

10 October, Afternoon

Session 4: Green Solutions for Good Quality Waters

Chair: Ms Joan B. Rose, Professor, The Water Quality, Environmental, and Molecular Microbiology Laboratory, Michigan State University, USA [confirmed]

Rapporteur: Mr Olli Varis, Professor, Water & Development Research Group, Aalto University, Finland [confirmed]

Keynote speech 1: Water Quality Management 2050

Mr Helmut Kroiss, Professor, Head of Institute, Institute for Water Quality, Resources and Waste management on Vienna University of Technology, Austria [confirmed]

Keynote speech 2: Water Quality: a Global Concern?

Mr Michel Meybeck, Professor, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), University Pierre and Marie Curie, France [confirmed]

Keynote speech 3: Ecological engineering and restoration of wetlands, rivers, and coastlines for their ecosystem services

Mr William J. Mitsch, Professor, Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park, USA [confirmed]

High-level panel discussion: Water Quality and Sustainable Development Goals

Moderator: Mr Thomas Grizzard, Professor, Director of the Occoquan Watershed Laboratory, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA [confirmed]

Panel members:

Ms Vera Istvánovics, Scientific Advisor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering, Hungary [confirmed]

Mr Maciej Zalewski, Professor, European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology under the auspices of UNESCO, Poland [confirmed]

Mr Seif Eldin Hamad Abdalla, Head, Water Resources Technical Organ– Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity, Sudan [confirmed]

Mr Timothy K. Kratz, Director, Trout Lake Station, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA [confirmed]

Ms Nike Sommerwerk, Research Associate, International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems (IWQGES) Project, United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security [confirmed]

11 October, Morning

Session 5: Financing Water and Sanitation SDGs

Chair: Mr Tomas Żylicz, Director; Dean, Warsaw Ecological Economics Center; Economics Department, Warsaw University, Poland [confirmed]

Rapporteur: Mr Svajünas Plungè, Chief Specialist, Lithuanian Environmental Protection Agency, Lithuania [confirmed]

Keynote speech 1: [to be confirmed]

Mr Anik Bhaduri, Executive Officer, Global Water System Project, University of Bonn, Germany [confirmed]

Keynote speech 2: Financing the water infrastructure – myths and mistakes

Mr Krzysztof Berbeka, Professor, Cracow University of Economics, Poland [confirmed]

Keynote speech 3: Healing Aged Water Infrastructure

Mr Paul Davis, Research Engineer - Intelligent Water Networks at CSIRO Land and Water, Australia [confirmed]

High-level panel discussion: Does Economy Play a Role?

Moderator: Ms Julia Bucknall, Sector Manager, The World Bank [confirmed]

Panel members:

Mr Sviataslau Valasiuk, Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, University of Warsaw, Belarus [confirmed]

Ms Ania Grobicki, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership, Sweden [confirmed]

Mr Mohamed Safwat Y. Abdel Dayem, Secretary General, Arab Water Council, Egypt [to be confirmed]

Mr Ramón Llamas, Director, Water Observatory, Botín Foundation, Spain [confirmed]
Dr. Jonathan Parkinson
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IMC Worldwide Ltd, Redhill, United Kingdom
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Budapest Water Summit Civil Forum


Apply now to participate in the Budapest Water Summit Civil Forum!

The Rio+20 Conference of the UN decided that efforts made in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals should continue from 2015 onwards, and that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should guide these efforts. The SDGs will be set by the UN General Assembly in the autumn of 2014. The outcome document of Rio+20 titled “The Future We Want”, drew attention to the cross-cutting importance of water in sustainable development. In an effort to promote the international discussion on SDGs related to water and sanitation issues, Hungary will be hosting the Budapest Water Summit (BWS) between October 9 and 11, 2013.

For more information on the BWS, visit

To ensure broad and relevant stakeholder participation, the BWS will hold five parallel forums business, civil society, science, youth and a philanthropy roundtable. These groups will discuss five key issues related to water, namely:

• Striving for universal access to water and sanitation
• Integrated water resources management for the 21st century
• Good water governance
• Green economy for blue water
• Financing the implementation of water and sanitation SDGs

The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe are working jointly to organize the Civil Forum which will have civil ownership. The contributions from the Civil Forum will be used to develop ‘Budapest Recommendations’ in preparation of water-related goals to be established for post-Rio+20 development agenda.

All water-related civil organisations are welcome to join the Civil Forum. It will be possible to participate either by taking part in electronic discussion of the documents and recommendations and/or by sending representatives to the event. However, there are a limited number of seats; hence interested applicants are encouraged to express their interest early to be considered. Organisations from the Least Developed Countries and those countries with economies in transition that need financial assistance to attend are welcome to apply. Their attendance will be sponsored within the available means through an award scheme.
To apply, please visit

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