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Dutch PM Mark Rutte speaker at AIWW Opening Ceremony


We are proud to announce that Mr Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, confirmed his contribution to the Opening Ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week 2017 on Monday 30 October 2017.

At the Opening Ceremony, Mr Rutte will be addressing the urgency and importance of international liaising regarding the water challenges the world is facing. Not only in his capacity as a representative of a country that always has been dealing with water issues and successfully overcame many, but also as Panel Member of the UN High Level Panel on Water.


Water is essential to development and progress. Only by matching our words with action can we make a real impact in our own countries and in water-driven value chains across the world. To inspire others, we must lead by example. Let me assure you that the Netherlands remains fully committed to that.’*


*Statement from speech held on 21 September 2017 addressing the High Level Panel on Water in New York


You're invited!

With great pleasure, we invite you as our guest at the Opening Ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week! All confirmed AIWW Conference delegates have received an invitation for the Opening Ceremony, as have all exhibitors and visitors of the Aquatech Exhibition. For all other interested parties, please send an e-mail to aquaconnect@rai.nl.

Monday 30 October | 16.00 | RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands


16.00 hours Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome and introduction by Mr. Tom Freyberg
  • Ms. Laura Tuck, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • Sarphati Sanitation Award Ceremony: Mr. Udo Kock, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam
  • Mr. Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General Environment European Commission
  • Intermezzo: Lights in Motion 
  • Ms. Soili Hietanen, Vice President Sustainability & Energy Metsä Group
  • Aquatech Innovation Award Ceremony
  • Mr. Mark Rutte, Member of the High Level Panel on Water and Prime Minister of the Netherlands

17.15 hours Networking Reception

We look forward to welcoming you as our guest!

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