The Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) is a global movement towards a sustainable water environment. This biennial event gathers experts from cities, industries, and utilities from all over the world to combine real-life water cases with innovative solutions. And so creating a circular and resilient water environment in high-density living areas. In 2019 we hosted the fifth edition of this event.
Amsterdam International Water Week 2019 built on the momentum gained in the first three biennial AIWWs. It provided a platform to help achieve global progress on water issues. It reached a new benchmark in terms of participation and initiated actions that pave the way for even greater impact around the next AIWW.
AIWW 2019 focused on implementation of integrated solutions by cities, industries, utilities and financiers. The goal is to connect networks and create sustainable solutions across water, waste, urban development, energy and finance. The AIWW sets the scene for new technologies, partnerships, research and innovations to create the conditions for global cooperation and active progress. The AIWW 2019 programme consisted off: AIWW Conference, Aquatech Trade Exhibition, Sarphati Sanitation Awards, AIWW Leadership programme, excursions, side-events and a public event.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management are supporters of the AIWW, through the Partners for Water programme. Various loyal sponsors active in the water sector also committed themselves to this event making it a public-private collaboration.
Amsterdam Agreements – achieving real breakthroughs
The AIWW conference 2019 resulted in the signing of five new Amsterdam Agreements. The agreements express the intention of many leading companies, institutes and authorities in the water sector to jointly collaborate on a wide range of challenging issues on the global water agenda.
Changing the way we look at our water-related risks – finding new approaches – is something that cannot be achieved overnight. Case owners, experts, suppliers, and investors signing an Amsterdam Agreement, pledge to continue their work in the coming years until they have reached their goals, in order to achieve real breakthroughs.