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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Presidency: make water central to development policy

The future reform of the European Union’s development policy must focus on water. This is the central statement of the Hungarian Presidency’s report, which was presented by Deputy State Secretary for Global Affairs János Hóvári at the meeting of development ministers on 24 May 2011, in Brussels. The Hungarian Presidency adopted it as a priority, both in the field of environmental protection and international development policy, to call the attention of Member States on issues related to water. In its relevant report, the Hungarian Presidency explored ways for the EU development policy to promote sustainable water resources management and consequently the inclusive growth and social development of developing countries. The document, which was presented by Deputy State Secretary for Global Affairs, János Hóvári received endorsement from participants at the meeting of development ministers. Mr Hóvári stressed: the Presidency’s aim is to make sustainable water resource management a horizontal element in the EU’s cooperation programs for development, in the reform of the EU’s development policy, and to mainstream water into relevant policies and initiatives, be it the agriculture, health, education or energy policy sector for example. Although the EU considers water related issues as priorities since the UN’s World Summit on Sustainable Development of 2002 in Johannesburg, and both the Commission and Member States provide various supports to developing countries’ water sector, the work is still not enough, since the level of political will and finance is insufficient.

Source: Hungarian Presidency