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Budapest Water Summit

WaterAid is participating in the Budapest Water Summit, discussing universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.

3 Oct 2013

From Tuesday to Friday Hungary will play host to some of the leading figures in international politics, as stakeholders gather to discuss the emerging water crisis.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and the President of Hungary, János Áder, will open the summit. They'll be asking participants to use the next few days to work together to identify practical, accessible and affordable solutions to the challenges we face on water and sanitation

In 2000, world leaders adopted a set of ambitious goals to drive development and reduce the burden of poverty. Now, with less than two years to go before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, we are faced with the harsh reality that we are failing dramatically to meet the target on access to sanitation.

In fact, the sanitation target is the most off-track of all the MDGs. More than 2.5 billion people don't have access to even a basic toilet and one in ten people still don't have access to clean water.

Hungary, a key player in the post-2015 negotiations, sees the summit as a key moment to bring together world experts and build consensus around a new set of goals, targets and indicators on water and sanitation in the post-MDG framework.

WaterAid goes to the summit with a clear message: Everyone, everywhere should have access to water and sanitation by 2030. Anything less is a failure for human rights, sustainable development and poverty eradication.