Future Water Leaders (FWL) are independent young water professionals from all over the world who feel the urge to contribute to international events where they can make an impact. All of them are specialized in themes that are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
Objectives for the next 5 years
Within 5 years time Future Water Leaders strives to become a prominent youth platform where decision makers are actively involved. Through combined networks they’ll be able to implement solutions to reach the SDG’s. The Future Water Leaders collaborate world wide, in such a way that they will be able to hand over their work to generations to come.
FWL organises public AIWW event on Sunday 3 November 2019
Prior to the Amsterdam International Water Week 2019 programme, Future Water Leaders will organise and coordinate a public event in Amsterdam, on 3 November, from 10.00 – 15.00 hours. The event will include a series of exciting activities, meant to engage not just water professionals, but also to the citizens and tourists of Amsterdam. The aim of the event is dual: to raise awareness about water and to show the importance of AIWW as a international water event and conference. Different locations across the city of Amsterdam (mainly in the city centre) will host the workshops and awareness activities.
We’re looking for the next Future Water Leaders Ambassador!
Submit your candidacy before 20 October
Are you passionate about water and its challenges? Are you eager to represent and advocate for the future generation of Water Leaders? If your answer to both of these questions is a resounding ‘YES’, then you might be the person we are looking for: the new Future Water Leaders Ambassador of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW)!
The concept of ‘Water Identity’ was introduced by the Future Water Leaders Ambassador Chrysoula Papacharalampou, during her keynote speech at the AIWW Summit 2018. The concept combines personal elements (e.g. culture, background, ethnicity etc.) with the professional ambition/interest of the water professionals. The latter is defined through the four themes of Water Security, as defined by the United Nations. During the Summit, Water Identity cards were filled in by the attending professionals. The data gathered will be used in the preparation of a project to communicate across major water events worldwide and to present outcomes during the AIWW 2019.
The aim of the Water Identity is dual:
- by focusing on a combination of personal heritage and professional interest, we are able to understand what shapes us as water professionals, define our common motives and goals and, finally, connect through sharing;
- by using a simple form to communicate who we are, our community can have an understanding of the current status of the field (in terms of available expertise), therefore allow for identifying the missing links for a water secure world.
From a broad perspective, focusing on water heritage and expertise profiles across the world will enable the water professionals community to obtain a broad picture of the ways water may shape a region, a country, a civilisation, everyday practices and customs. This cross-cultural exchange would aim to improve the understanding of water identities as they are shaped across time and space scales. It will also inform discussions for the lessons learnt and transferred across countries and continents, serving as a vehicle towards the goals of: effective collaboration and water security.