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Hungarian President Pays Visit To Swedish King, Attends Stockholm Junior Water Prize Ceremony

Hungarian President János Áder discussed ocean pollution, overfishing and Sweden’s commitments to fighting climate change made at the 2015 Paris climate summit with Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Based on Sweden’s economic strength, its commitment to cut its domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2045 “seems realistic”, Ader told Hungarian public media after his talks, which he said tied into the ongoing World Water Week in Stockholm. Áder said Hungary could learn from Sweden, where he said there is broad consensus on decisions affecting future generations.

Later in the evening, János Áder attended the Junior Water Prize award ceremony, where Hungary was represented by the Szent László Grammar School. The awards ceremony took place in the presence of Crown Princess Victoria, the competition’s patron.

In the ceremony, Áder congratulated the US team, namely Rachel Chang and Ryan Thorpe, who was named the winners of this year’s Junior Water Prize. János Áder said that connecting commitment, creativity, youthful impetus together with new scientific results would be the challenge of the next generation of water experts.

The Hungarian President also said in his speech that the population explosion, the water crisis, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and increasingly severe droughts all have dramatic consequences for the world.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI; photo: Noémi Bruzák – MTI