Africare President, Dr. Darius Mans, attends State Department Event on World Water Day

March 22, 2012, Washington D.C. -- This morning, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a new U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) at the State Department. The USWP is a public-private partnership formed to share U.S. knowledge, leverage and mobilize resources, and facilitate cross-sector partnerships to find solutions to global water accessibility challenges, especially in the developing world. The USWP will answer some of the challenges outlined in the Global Water Security Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA).

Secretary Clinton was joined by Representative Earl Blumenauer; Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero; International Boundary and Water Commission U.S Commissioner Edward Drusina; National Aeronautics and Space Administration Deputy Administrator Lori Garver; U.S. Agency for International Development Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)   Jo-Ellen Darcy; U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle.

They were joined by additional representatives of USWP members, including Africare’s President Dr. Darius Mans and representations from the Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, the Nature Conservancy, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Motor Company, Skoll Global Threats Fund, the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, World Resources Institute, Global Environment & Technology Foundation, Global Water Challenge, and Clean Water America Alliance.

Following Secretary Clinton’s remarks and the introduction of the USWP members, USAID conducted a panel discussion, including Q&A from the audience, titled “Maximizing Impact by Integrating Water into Development Assistance.” This panel was chaired by Christian Holmes, and included members of the USAID team with expertise in the role of water in agriculture, health, climate change, and conflict.