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Secretary of State Clinton Launches the U.S. Water Partnership –
A World Water Day call to action launching a new public-private partnership
to meet significant global water challenges

Washington, DC, March 22, 2012 – Today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of the U.S. Water Partnership.   This new public-private partnership will unite and mobilize U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water security challenges around the globe, with a special focus on developing countries where needs are greatest.   It fulfills Mrs. Clinton’s 2010 World Water Day call to action for all Americans to “work together to leverage the efforts of other nations, the international community and partners in the nonprofit and private sectors.”[1]

In her remarks today, the Secretary stated:  “We believe this Water Partnership will help map out our route to a more water secure world: a world where no one dies from water-related diseases, where water does not impede social or economic development and where no war is ever fought over water.”

The U.S. Water Partnership is being launched by The Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), Global Water Challenge, Environmental Law Institute, the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, World Resources Institute, the U.S. State Department and other public sector, corporate and civil society organizations.

“The U.S. Water Partnership is a unique opportunity to harness the best of U.S. capability and resources to solve critical global water challenges,” said Tom Harvey, Chairman of GETF.

The U.S. Water Partnership will connect people and resources, making information easily accessible and leveraging the assets of partners to offer a range of solutions tailored to priority water needs.  The partnership’s primary services will include:

1. Knowledge management – through accessible network tools and a central platform for knowledge sharing;
2. Technical assistance and training – through leveraging experience to address priority global water challenges; and
3. Partnership development – through collaboration and expert teams that offer integrated solutions and rapid response to address significant international challenges.

New U.S. Water Partnership partners announced during the World Water Day event include Africare, Clean Water America Alliance, Centers for Disease Control, The Coca-Cola Company, U.S.  Department of Energy,  U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Export-Import Bank, Ford Motor Company, U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Skoll Global Threats Fund,  Rockefeller Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The recent Intelligence Community Assessment on Water Security, also released today, highlights the need for effective public-private collaboration to catalyze positive global action on water.   The report states, “Because U.S. expertise in water management is widely recognized, the developing world will look to the United States to lead the global community toward the development and implementation of sound policies for managing water resources at the local, national and regional levels. Pressure will arise for a more engaged United States to make water a global priority and to support major development projects, including through financial assistance.”

The U.S. Water Partnership is intended to be a platform to provide this expertise.

Today’s  event was held at the U.S. Department of State’s  Marshall Center and also featured remarks from Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR); Ms. Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights and Kris Balderston, Special Representative for Global Partnerships.

To see Secretary Clinton’s speech at the event, please visit the GETF website.

More information on the U.S. Water Partnership is available online at: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/rls/fs/2012/186581.htm and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge95BLB9ZV8

The full Intelligence Community Assessment on Water Security is available online at: www.dni.gov/nic/ICA_Global Water Security.pdf

The Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), established in 1988, is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based near Washington, DC with a mission to promote sustainable development through partnerships and targeted action.  GETF seeks to shape a brighter future for communities and the environment by developing innovative strategic plans, creating high-impact partnerships, introducing new technologies and managing programs that have a lasting and positive impact on the world.

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[1] http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/03/138737.htm