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21 Oct 2019 BUDAPEST, Hungary
At October's Budapest Water Summit, the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace (GHLPWP) gathered two years after the publication of its milestone report "A Matter of Survival" formally launched in Geneva and presented in New York at the UN General Assembly in September 2017. The event was facilitated by the Geneva Water Hub acting as the Secretariat of the Panel...
3 Nov 2016 BUDAPEST
Forty-two percent of Hungarians show only moderate interest in sustainable development, while their related social sensitivity was found to be low as well, the Hungarian office of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) has revealed, detailing the findings of its latest survey carried out in September.
28 Jan 2016 BUDAPEST, Hungary
A Hungarian court this week acquitted 15 employees of an aluminum smelting plant of criminal charges in relation to a 2010 toxic spill that killed 10 people, injured 150, and contaminated nearby rivers in what has is considered the country’s worst environmental disaster.The court in the western town of Veszprem ruled that executives and employees of the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trade Company (MAL Zrt) had not been criminally negligent, since they “had no realistic and objective opportunity to discover the hazards that had formed” at the tailings reservoir at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt facility in northwestern Hungary...
22 May 2015 BUDAPEST, Hungary
The Hungarian government has so far decided to provide compensation to seven victims of the 2010 toxic red sludge disaster.Seventeen people have applied for compensation for non-material damages due to the incident, which marks Hungary’s worst environmental disaster, the daily Magyar Nemzet reported on May 20th...
24 Feb 2015 BUDAPEST, Hungary
The Hungarian government will provide $1.5 million USD in compensation for non-material damages to victims of a 2010 toxic sludge disaster, the country’s National Development Ministry said last week.The compensation will be provided to 70-80 families who experienced psychological trauma or suffered injuries after a tailings dam burst at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt aluminum plant in northwestern Hungary...
10 Dec 2013 BUDAPEST
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will ship the water purification equipment supplied by Budapest Municipal Waterworks to Cebu in the Philippines, to assist those living in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The Budapest Municipal Waterworks will be sending six experts, along with five volunteers from the Hungarian Red Cross, to a region especially hit by Typhoon Haiyan within the framework of the civil protection assistance mechanism of the European Union...
15 Oct 2013 BUDAPEST, Hungary
The four-day Budapest Water Summit closed last week with the signing of the Budapest Water Summit Statement, a list of 32 policy recommendations surrounding water issues and sustainability “to achieve universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation especially in the growing refugee camps as well as households, schools, health facilities and workplaces...
10 Oct 2013 BUDAPEST, Hungary
Water plays a key role in sustainable development, particularly in areas of food security, climate change and sanitation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this week.“Water holds the key to sustainable development. We need it for health, food security and economic progress. Yet, each year brings new pressures,” he told participants at the Budapest Water Summit...
8 Oct 2013 BUDAPEST
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to a water summit in Hungary and then to a summit of Southeast Asian nations in Brunei. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban left for Hungary on Monday to participate in the Budapest Water Summit organized by the Hungarian government in cooperation with the U...
4 Oct 2013 BUDAPEST
Water policy goals for a sustainable future will be at the top of the agenda when 1200 participants get together in Hungary for the Budapest Water Summit next week. A delegation from GWP will emphasize the need for a dedicated water goal on the post-2015 agenda. GWP Chair Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss took part in a UN Special Event in New York last week, where the successor arrangements to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were discussed...
4 Sep 2013 BUDAPEST
The Budapest Water Summit will be held in Budapest between 8 and 11 October 2013. The Summit, organised by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the UN System and the World Water Council, will be one of the major events of the year relating to water and sanitation. The main objective of the Budapest Water Summit is to take stock of the various developments, within and outside the UN System, in preparing water-related goals for the post Rio+20 development agenda...