Only a week and a half to go before the Amsterdam International Water Week kicks off! We’ve highlighted a few events you shouldn’t miss out on. 

On Monday and Tuesday 4 and 5 November the AIWW Conference will take place in RAI Amsterdam. Delegates arriving in advance of the Conference have the opportunity to attend several artistic events and networking activities in the city of Amsterdam on Sunday 3 November.

Sunday 3 November: public event in city of Amsterdam

Sunday 3 November, before the official start of the Week the Future Water Leaders, AIWW’s young water professionals, will be hosting a public event in Amsterdam with activities related to water and climate change. The activities are open to the public and suitable for young and old. Most of them will take place at De Balie, in the center of Amsterdam, between 11:00 and 17:00. Here, people can expect an interactive kids lecture, a screening of the acclaimed film Thank You for The Rain, followed by a debate and an exhibition by fine artist Alex Fischer. Also, the South-African dance group Bambisanani will be giving a live dance performance.

During the day on Sunday a Waternet boat with musicians and performers will be sailing around the Amsterdam canals and anchor at different spots. Through songs and theatre, the artists will be raising the public’s awareness about the importance of clean water.

Meet & Greet and early registration

From 16:30 to 18:30 visitors of the AIWW Conference are welcome to join the Meet & Greet at the QO Hotel. Chair of the AIWW Conference Managing Board Menno Holterman will be opening this networking event. Delegates are invited to register for the Conference during the Meet & Greet so they don’t have to wait in line the next morning.

Monday 4 November: opening keynotes AIWW Conference and official Opening Ceremony

On Monday the kick-off of the AIWW Conference will take place at the RAI with opening keynotes from David Nabarro, Former UN special advisor on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Henk Ovink, Special Envoy on International Water Affairs and Menno Holterman, Chair AIWW and CEO Nijhuis Industries.  From 10:00 onwards delegates can attend several workshops and sessions and take part in the Integrated Leaders Forum.

The official Opening Ceremony of the Week, together with Aquatech, will take place later that day at 17:00, featuring inspiring contributions:

  • Ban Ki-moon, 8th UN Secretary-General
  • Rich Sorkin, CEO and co-founder of Jupiter Intelligence: “Predicting risk in a changing climate”
  • Roald Lapperre, Director-General for Environment and International affairs of the Netherlands
  • Chrysoula Papacharalampou, Ambassador Future Water Leaders
  • Sarphati Sanitation Award
  • Aquatech Innovation Award
  • Moderator: Andrew Walker

For the full programme, dates and times please take a look at the programme schedule.

Did you get your ticket yet? More info on registration.

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