Iran to attend Budapest Water Summit 2016

TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) – Iran's ambassador to Hungary said Deputy Energy Minister Meidani will represent Iran at the second Budapest Water Summit (BWS) on November 28.

Gholamali Rajabi Yazdi, Iran's Ambassador to Hungary, said the summit, under the motto of 'Water Connects', will be hosted by the Hungarian government in collaboration with the World Water Council. 

He noted that Iran, as an active member, will participate at the event and Rahim Meidani, Deputy Energy Minister for Water and Wastewater Affairs, will be a keynote speaker at the summit. 

Around 1800 participants and 600 Sustainable Water Solutions Expo visitors from 117 countries are expected to take part at the event, he continued. 

The official went on to underline that the BWS 2016 will serve as a platform for discussion for heads of state and government, ministers, high-level representatives of international organizations, states and governments, members of the scientific, business and financial sectors and representatives of civil society from all over the world. 

"The main events of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 are the thematic plenary sessions with keynote participants discussing issues in the framework of six thematic plenary panels concerning the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals related to water (SDG6)." 

In addition to the plenary sessions, parallel stakeholder meetings will be held, namely the Science-Technology Forum, the Youth Forum, the Civil Forum and the Women’s Forum. 

On the margin of the Budapest Water Summit 2016, a Sustainable Water Solutions Expo will be held as well. The Expo is intended to focus on sustainable, innovative, environment-friendly solutions in the field of drinking water production, water treatment and water supply. 

The first Budapest Water Summit held between 8 and 11 October 2013 in Budapest was attended by more than 1400 participants from 105 countries in order to discuss the role of water in the global sustainable development agenda with the participation of top officials of the UN system, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as heads of major UN agencies and leaders of international water organizations. 

Also at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. 

The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. 

The 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) indicated that the today world pays special attention to the issue of climate change and is trying to decrease of the greenhouse gases 

Iran, for its part, has voluntarily promised to decrease emission by four percent of carbon dioxide to year of 2030. 

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