Planet Budapest 2021 sustainability expo, summit opens

The Planet Budapest 2021 Sustainability Expo and Summit got under way at the Hungexpo in Budapest on Monday evening, with President Janos Ader and Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda opening the event.

In his inaugural speech, Ader said everyone must bear responsibility for the future, and he quoted Hungarian writer Sandor Marai with the exhortation: “Take care not to miss the moment”.

Referring to concert performances opening the event, the president said the young artists from four countries had not missed the moment.

“For those of us gathered in Budapest to take responsibility for our common future, our task … is to give these young people a better world to live in; better than it otherwise would be.”

Ader said that hopefully the expo and summit would provide a venue for “a meaningful exchange of ideas” and a springboard for further work.

The expo, which runs until Dec. 5, will feature 185 exhibitors, more than one-third of which come from the Visegrad Group (V4) countries. Ranging from the smallest startups to the largest corporations, they will showcase the latest solutions from central Europe in areas such as sustainable agriculture, smart cities, waste management, energy efficiency and green transport.

Attending the event are leading political decision-makers, academics, representatives of international organisations, financial institutions and businesses showcasing specific green solutions.

The expo aims to promote sustainability and identify lessons that can be learned and changes that can be implemented in a post-coronavirus world.

One major programme is the Your Planet exhibition where 66 installations will present the adverse processes shaping the Earth’s future and potential solutions to them.

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