The 2016 Budapest Water Summit, held in early December, had as one of its key outputs the publication of the Water Summit Messages and Policy Recommendations document, which points out guidelines and concrete steps necessary to ensure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG) and its water related objectives. More than 30 Governors and members of the World Water Council participated in the event, which was organized by the Hungarian government in coordination with the World Water Council. The Summit hosted high-level events: a Women's Forum, supported by the Council; a special session for the launch of the Council Youth Forum; and exhibitions, in which a stand promoted the 8th World Water Forum, which will be held in Brasilia in 2018. This was one of the first world conferences to discuss progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which had 2015 as their deadline, and to contribute to defining the tasks to achieve, over the next 15 years, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event took place between the 7th and 8th World Water Forums and its results represent important contributions to the preparations for the Forum in Brasilia. At the same time, a meeting of the United Nations High Level Panel on Water took place to review the progress made since its Call to Action last September. One of the key topics of this meeting was the challenge of financing the global needs for water infrastructure and investment in water. It concluded with a statement calling on governments to develop policies and incentives to improve efficiency in this field.