New York (MTI) – None of the 17 points of an international agreement on sustainable development can be fulfilled without protecting water resources and water quality, President János Áder told a conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday. He also paid a visit to the environmental engineering laboratory at the City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Centre (ASRC).
Hungary is devoted to sustainable development and has undertaken a role in carrying out related tasks, Ader told a conference on the subject. This year, Hungary will again host an international conference on the protection of waters, he added.
On Friday, heads of state and government from more than 150 countries will sign the Paris climate agreement prepared last December.
President Áder visits City University of New York’s environmental engineering lab
Áder discussed water security with Professor Charles Vörösmarty (a descendent of Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty), director of the university’s department of civil engineering.
The ASRC focuses on five distinct scientific fields, one of which is environmental studies. It is one of the world’s first research centres capable of receiving and analysing almost every piece of existing data on the world’s water supply.
After his visit to the university, Áder held talks with Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, ahead of the inaugural meeting of the Panel on Water, where he also met Han Seung-soo, UN special envoy for disaster risk reduction.