While we are more and more dealing not only with too much water but also too little water, we need more international collaborations with cross cutting themes, integrated solutions and a Global Water Community based on sharing instead of competition. Involvement of the private sector, local knowledge and finance is key, as (local) governments do not have sufficient resources. That's the key outtake of the AIWW Summit 2018 held on 15 November in Rotterdam. High level speakers and 200 delegates from 25 countries worked together to set the agenda for international water, climate and adaptation events.
During the successful AIWW Conference 2017, which was attended by over 1,000 delegates, nine 'Amsterdam Agreements' were signed. These agreements aim to accelerate the collaboration between organisations worldwide to help solve global water issues. One of these was an Agreement between NWP and FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank in which they commit to developing and/or supporting at least two water initiatives, from the project development phase to the financial closure phase. This pledge sets a new standard for project development in the water sector. At the AIWW Summit the progress and current status of the Amsterdam Agreements was discussed.
NWP is one of the founders and organisers of the Amsterdam International Water Week, consisting of the AIWW Conference, the Aquatech Amsterdam and more. For the organisation of the AIWW Conference we work closely with our AIWW partners RAI, IWC Conferences, Waternet, KNW and Aqua for All. NWP uses the AIWW Conference to reach out to its international network to connect with each other and with the Dutch water sector. Besides the AIWW Conference, NWP, Water Alliance and Envaqua organise the Netherlands Pavilion at the Aquatech Trade Exhibition. The AIWW is supported by sponsors, organisations and the Netherlands Government through the Partners for Water Programme.
The AIWW consists of: the AIWW Conference with a leadership programme connecting cities, industries, utilities and finance; the renowned Aquatech Trade Exhibition; the Sarphati Sanitation Awards; field visits; and a special programme for Young Professionals.