Budapest Water Summit: An opportunity not to be missed!

August 2, 2013 in Budapest Water Summit

Budapest Water Summit Youth Forum

by Prabin Rokaya, Student at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Netherlands

“Youth need space! Youth need forum! Youth voice should be heard. Youth should be involved in decision making process!” These are the some of the most common arguments that we hear these days during youth conversations.

There is active youth participation in many high level conferences. But most of the time, they are seen with banners and slogans outside the main meeting hall. And in most of the cases, their voices are not heard or heard but not answered. This is mainly because they are more involved in campaigning than actually getting involved in decision making process. Youths have to sit on the table, discuss the issues and clearly put forward their ideas and views if they want to influence the decisions that are made today.

Fortunately, these days there is growing recognition of youth power. There was time when youths were considered responsibility and now is a time when youths have proved to be an opportunity. Senior leaders and decision makers have started believing in youth. Youths are known for their unity, creativity, network, innovation, commitment and compassion. And most importantly, there is a huge expectation from youths. So the big question is can youth live up to that expectation?

Amidst this expectations, Budapest Water Summit, one of high level Water Conferences in this International Year of Water Cooperation will take place from October 8-11, 2013 participated by UN Member States, competent UN agencies and bodies as well as all concerned economic and social partners. The Summit aims to formulate a concrete recommendation for the UN General Assembly for setting the post-2015 development agenda, and Youth Forum will be an important part of the Summit.

Youth have been offered an important place at the Summit, with its own forum, next to civil society and scientists. Youth Forum is expected to provide a space for future decision-makers to develop, collect and exchange ideas and opinions during the Budapest Water Summit as well as to engage in the longer-term process involved in outlining the Budapest Recommendations. The youth statement is an opportunity to gather youth voices from all around the world in order to define what the priorities in the sector are, according to youth, and how youth can act on it.

Therefore, it a great and rare opportunity for youths interested in water sector to mark their future priorities as well as influence present decisions. There has been enough youth declaration, statements and call for actions; hence, Budapest is a forum to design and develop concrete and specific actions that youth can practically contribute for global water security.

Due to financial constraints, limited youths might be able to join the forum at Budapest; however, the forum aims to provide other means of involvement for global youths to contribute. Youths globally can contribute their specific ideas and feedback to the statement which will be released online at the last week of August. Similarly, they can also follow up the updates and keep on sharing their ideas and views through social networks (facebook, twitter and website) of Water Youth Network before and during the forum. It is an opportunity not to be missed. It is an opportunity to really make the difference.

21 responses to Budapest Water Summit: An opportunity not to be missed!

  1. Well said Prabin. But we must to more active on this web site discussions forums if we want to make a difference in BWS.

    • Yes that is true and I am really sad that we do not have much discussion on website! Even I am not involved so much on web discussion, we should find a way to improve that!

      • I Also regret this situation,
        it is due to the fact that we, youth have problems to enter the website. this site requires a connection to high speed to open, there are even times when it is completely blocked. this situation is contribute to exclude young people from development country where high speed connection is a luxury.
        I also regret that there is no dynamic moderator on the site. I offer myself to moderate and involve young people just, you have not answered me.
        another point young people still waiting for their invitation to budapest summit, the conjugation of all these factors gives the result that we have.
        but this problem have solutions if you like we can solv it.

        • Hi Blondel, Thank you for your interest in the site. We’re sorry about the connection problems you’ve experienced. We’re trying to make this word-press based site as accessible as possible, and we are currently looking for organizations with web expertise that can help us work on this.

  2. We two members would like to attend to the summit, if possible
    Dil Bishwokarma

  3. how to join the conference or summit ? iam looking for the application form to fill in, but seems not on the website. thankyou

  4. Dear Colleague, I am youth coordinator in my outfit and our area of interest is water and sanitation l have been participating in a lot of program concerning water and sanitation.So l will be grateful if you could send me the application form to fill to enable me be part of the Budapest summit.If l will also be selected for the financial support.Thank you for your co-operation and looking forward to hear from.

    • Thank you for your interest in the forum but unfortunately, the deadline for formal application has already been closed. But you can still contribute online to Youth Statement!

  5. Hi, I want to know how to register to this event?
    Thanks :)

  6. Hi,

    How we could apply for this event ??

  7. oh since two weeks i was off because i was sick, hope that i didn’t miss far are we with the youths statement? how can i contribute
    thank you

  8. Hello there!
    I have just submited my PhD thesis on International Trade Law and the Right to Water, at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I would like to know how I can get registered to the Budapest Water Summit. Thanks,

  9. We are really thankful to all of you who have shown great interest to participate at the forum. But unfortunately, the deadline for formal application has already been closed. But you can still contribute online to Youth Statement via





    This is the youth association of Great lakes region with the main objective”Developpement”.The association has been created in 2011 for supporting this youth to develop themselves, also contributing for their family

    , their country and in other words for their regional developpement throughout the continental developpement

    The idea of overcoming with this organization has been motivated by the fork of the youth’s strength in society, the youth youth has the main work shore of the society. After words this is the Non-Government Organization (N.G.O) targeting to surround Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Sudan with its activity. Actually its main action ray is created in Rwanda.


    -Decrease the the number of unemployers, including also the number of wonderers.

    -Encouraging the youth of this region on self creation activities generator of interests

    -To nsensibilise this youth to adhere on cooperative movement for gathering together

    -Encouraging them in creating money founder cooperative.

    -Serve for them as their speaker on local authorities even though on international one.

    -Sensibilises this youth to protect the environnemmental by creating the pro-environmental club

    -Sensibilise this youth to prevent against AIDS with sensibilisation se minors truth Anti-Aids club.

    -Support this youth on its education by insuring the school fees, and so to fight against the analphabetism.

    -Sensibilise this youth to be against all purpose that tend to conflicts block its developpement.


    It has been created for:

    a. Helping and collaborating the youth of great lakes region to protect the environment

    b. Helping them in self creation activities by associating themselves in money founder cooperatives

    c. Helping this youth to develop integrality.

    d. Contributing on youth education by insuring the school fees and so to deal with the anaphabetism which is the worst fact due the development.

    e. Sensibelise this youth to prevent against AIDS and drugs by creating specials clubs against these.

    f. Leading them to the self-entertaining culture not to focus their faith in help by begging .

    g. Helping this youth to learn about the saving culture .

    h. Associating with region ‘sstate to deal with the wonderers increasing number which the development that is needed .

    i. Reintegrating and helping the unmarried mother or baby-maker girls who has been mistreated in society by encouraging them to hope in future,reserve of nature and so fighting against the prostitution ,the worst fact due the development ,caused by this mistreatment .

    j. Supporting their education by offering the school fees meanwhile the cause of this prostitution ,also putting in them the self creation activities spirit ,generratorof revenue that must even contribute on their development

    k. Helping them to exchange experience whith foreigners through seminar or local

    exchanging experiences.

    -Sensibilise the youth of great lakes region to use condoms so that to reduce the HIV/AIDS spreading in region .

    _Nsansibilise this youth with the appropriate councelling against drugs specially for the youngest ones including teenagers.

    _Speaking in favour of basterds and for children victim of HIV/AIDS transmitted through the way mother-child when they were born.

    -Reducing the ecological pollution by planting the bio-diesel trees through this youth of GLYAD.


    All activities of GLYAD association are found in projects that are conceived by this youth and though done by themselves. These projects target to contribute for integral development of youth in this great lakes region ,where GLYAD execute its activities .


    The project of GLYAD are contained in :

    1.T.I.O PROJECT (TomorrowI Is Ours ;Demain est à nous )

    2.APP PROJECT (Art Promotion in Prison; Promotion des Art en Prison)

    3.SAGE PROJECT(Safe Guard the Envirronement; Sauvegarde l’environement)

    4. GLYMA PROJECT (Great L akes Youth Magazine )

    N.B: Briefly, GLYAD’S main objective is to help the youth of this region in such self –entertaining structure and so contributing on national and regional development in general.


    This branch is formed by :

    -Sub-regional representer of GLYAD in charge of his/her unity in his respective country.

    -coordinator or project’s head master and other persons that represent the organization in province and district of the country.

    NB:The sub-regional representer will be on duty when the organization will set up in all region of great lakes .Afterwards ,is the coordinator or project headmaster who will assume this function.


    GLYAD is the organization that has been conceived radically with difficulties that affect the youth of the great lakes region.This youth will divided through associations or cooperative movements established according to the local respective contexts.

    In other words ,before that GLYAD will set up officialy its activities ,it will have other projects and branches through states that form this great lakes region .So the non government organization GLYAD will help the youth of region through different projects established within anywhere in the region .

    The head quarter or head social office will be established in Kigali (Rwanda) where will begin GLYAD’s activities before it spreads its activities through the whole region of great lakes according to the actual possibilities .The investiment funds of GLYAD will provided by different nation or international sponsors or bakers funds with willingness because GLYAD is a non targeting money association .And even GLYAD will be either developed by the increasing number of trellors or sponsors funds . In fact we are full of belief that with this support ,GLYAD will attend its main objectives .Including also that through it,GLYAD will help its beneficiaries in their respective countries and even the whole great lakes region in general ,why not in all Africa.This means that by beginning basicallyin the family ,it will attend the whole region.


    GLYAD is a non targeting money association that intends to assist the children and youth of great lakes region through its projects.The GLYAD ‘S beneficiaries of its activities are such as orphans, baby-makers girls, including teenagerhood.The specific counseling will be given to these teenagers.

    GLYAD will have a permanent and occasional or temporary personal in charge of the organization’s level in the country till to these on low level basically.

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