The 3rd ASEM Seminar on Urban Water Management: “Urban Solutions for Global Challenges” was organised on 13-14 September 2018, in Budapest, Hungary.

Built on the results of 2nd ASEM Seminar on Urban Water Management in 2016, the 3rd ASEM Seminar on Urban Water Management (hereinafter referred as to the Seminar) was aimed to generate a fruitful dialogue between the countries of Europe and Asia in the field of integrated water management. The ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center joined hands with partners including the European Water Association (EWA), Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Hungarian Water Association (HWA), Hungarian Water Cluster (HWC) to host the event.

The aim of the Seminar, the continuation of ASEM Water’s event series on sustainable water management, was to establish an international multi-stakeholder forum and network on sustainable water management from a European and Asian perspective, providing opportunities to discuss the challenges and best practices, exchange experiences, and seek solutions. The Seminar fostered dialogues among the governments, private sector, academia, and the civil society from Europe and Asia in the field of integrated and sustainable water management.

This year the Seminar focused on integrated water management (from integrated urban water management through water security in the context of climate change to infrastructure development), reflecting upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. The SDGs among others set milestones and call for action in relation to water management in cities via ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (SDG 6), as well as making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient,and sustainable (SDG 11).