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NUPS professor heading UNESCO International Hydrological Programme

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After nearly three decades, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has again a Hungarian head: Prof. Dr. András Szöllősi-Nagy, professor at NUPS, was voted unanimously by the Programme’s intergovernmental council for heading the Programme for two years. Being the sole intergovernmental programme of UNESCO focusing on water affairs, gaining this position represents another success of Hungary’s efforts in water diplomacy.

Water engineer by profession, university professor and Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Professor Szöllősi-Nagy is currently a member of the World Water Council, and had led the Secretariat of UNESCO IHP for two decades before he became Rector of UNESCO’s Institute for Water Education in Delft, the Netherlands.

In his speech held at UNESCO, Professor Szöllősi-Nagy emphasized that water affairs have become one of the most important issues at the international level. The United Nations’ Agenda 2030, aimed at ending poverty and establishing a sustainable future, focuses specifically on sustainable water utilization with IHP having an important role in the latter’s realization. The professor also praised Hungary’s commitment for sustainable water management which is also displayed by the second Water Summit in Budapest between 28 and 30 November 2016.

Professor Szöllősi-Nagy has worked throughout the world since 1974, including Austria, Italy, Sweden and Thailand. He was the United Nations’ water expert in Southeast Asia and was Academic Deputy Director of the Water Resources Research Centre (VITUKI) between 1985 and 1989 from where he joined UNESCO’s intergovernmental hydrological programme for two decades, and became the Rector of the Institute of Water Education in 2009. He has played a key role in establishing and managing the Water World Forum.

With his huge experience in water affairs, Professor Szöllősi-Nagy participates in the preparation and launch of the educational and research programme within the Cabinet for Sustainability at NUPS while being in close cooperation with Hungarian and international academic programmes and workshops on water affairs.