Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim have invited H.E. Mr. János Áder, President of Hungary to serve as a member of the High-level Panel on Water in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Accepting the kind invitation, President Áder has expressed his commitment to contribute to the joint efforts of the Panel.

The overarching objective of the Panel will be to mobilize global support to implement Sustainable Development Goals 6 (SDG6): “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, and targets related to water contained in the 2030 Agenda.

The outcome of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris (COP21) has drawn renewed attention to the profound impact of climate change on the water cycle and the importance of water-based adaptation. Achieving the Water SDG6 and the various water related targets would not only strengthen the core of sustainable development efforts, it would lay the foundations for poverty eradication, food security, healthy lives, access to energy for all, sustainable urbanization, and combat climate change.

The confluence of the SDGs and COP21 creates unprecedented global momentum for launching and implementing and actionable agenda on SDG6 and related targets. The High-level Panel on Water is expected to play an important role in achieving this objective, with an emphasis on motivating action and promoting implementation and financing efforts.

The Panel, co-chaired by Mauritius and Mexico, will comprise 11 Heads of Government or State and 2 special advisors and it will deliver its results within a two-year time frame.

The invitation is a recognition to Hungary’s active engagement in the field of water diplomacy and it will also provide an opportunity for the country to further increase its contribution to addressing global challenges related to water management.