We are having to deal more and more with too little water as well as too much water, and we need more international collaboration with cross cutting themes, integrated solutions and a Global Water Community based on sharing instead of on competition to address the challenges they bring. The challenges are enormous. The involvement of the private sector, local knowledge and finance is key as local and national governments do not have sufficient resources. These were the most important outcomes of the AIWW Summit in Rotterdam on 15 November 2018.
Roelof Kruize, member of the AIWW Management Board and CEO of Waternet explains.
“We succeeded in our objectives at the AIWW Summit. These were to set the agenda for international water and climate adaptation events, focusing on COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018 and the Amsterdam International Water Week Conference (AIWW) in November 2019. We had organised previous AIWWs with the International Programme Advisory Committee. This time we were able to strengthen and extend the preparation during the AIWW Summit thanks to high-level speakers and 200 delegates from 25 countries who cooperated on water-related challenges.”
We need more international collaboration with cross cutting themes, integrated solutions and a Global Water Community
Connecting water and climate adaptation
Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Ministry of the Environment and Poland’s High Level Climate Champion, opened the Water Summit with a keynote. He joined the AIWW Summit in Rotterdam to gather input and send a message on behalf of COP24. “Transforming the global development pattern in a way we can achieve climate neutrality by the second half of this century remains the key long-term objective of the Paris Agreement. Climate change is a threat, climate action is an opportunity that must not be missed.”
In a video interview with him at the AIWW Summit, he stated that water would be very high on the agenda of the COP24 in Katowice, that would take place later that year. “Water is everywhere,” he said.
Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA), mentioned the need for scale-up and speed-up to meet the challenges of climate adaptation. GCA will work on these in close collaboration with the AIWW Community, and present the results at the Climate Adaptation Action Summit in 2020. Finally, he announced that progress on the water related action tracks will be discussed at the AIWW Conference in 2019.
Climate action is an opportunity that must not be missed
‘Climate change is a threat, climate action is an opportunity’
Special Envoy for Climate Change Poland’s High Level Climate Champion, Ministry of the Environment
Global water community
The AIWW Summit brought together prominent international stakeholders to discuss water related themes that should be high on the agenda of the Amsterdam International Water Week Conference 2019. Among the attendees of the Summit were Veronica Manfredi, Director of Quality of Life at the European Commission; the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb; Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management; Diane D’Arras, President of the International Water Association; and Chrysoula Papacharalampou, AIWW’s Young Water Professionals Ambassador.
The AIWW Summit 2018, which is part of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) initiative, was organised by International Water Conferences and Netherlands Water Partnership in close collaboration with the Dutch Government (Partners for Water Programme) and supported by sponsors and partners.
200 prominent international stakeholders attended the AIWW Summit