Join us as we celebrate the launch of a brand new public-private partnership that will harness U.S. strengths to provide centralized access to America’s water knowledge. During a lively 90-minute presentation, followed by a reception, hear about how the United States is uniting and mobilizing its resources to address water challenges around the globe, especially in the developing world. U.S. Water Partnership supporters such as The Coca-Cola Company, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, USAID, Global Water Challenge, Philadelphia Water Commission, Clean Water America Alliance, World Resources Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Department of State, World Vision, University of Colorado, Rockefeller Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, and U.S. Department of Agriculture will give presentations about innovative technologies and governing approaches that are saving lives, greening cities, protecting eco-systems and getting more crop per drop.
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Last week, the Science Academies of the G8+ joined together to release a statement on water and health. The statement, signed by representatives of the Academies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States lists health and socio-economic impacts of safe water and sanitation and gives recommendations to their respective governments.
In the absence of improved sanitation, the efficacy of expensive vaccines and chemotherapy to control water-borne infectious diseases is seriously compromised. Policy-makers must understand that access to drinking water and sanitation facilities go hand in hand. Solving the lack of water services for tap water supply, treatment, hygiene and sanitation would mitigate many other health, economic and social problems. Providing sustainable access to safe water and sanitation is one of the most crucial development interventions in helping poor people to lift themselves out of poverty.
The full document can be found on our Resources page.