Alliance Joins U.S. Water Partnership
The U.S. Water Alliance is one of three civil society members joining the Global Environmental & Technology Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, and others in a public-private partnership to share U.S. knowledge, leverage and mobilize resources, and facilitate cross-sector partnerships to find solutions to global water challenges, especially in the developing world. In an announcement conference on World Water Day (March 22), hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alliance President Ben Grumbles joined other non-governmental and governmental partners to help launch the effort.
‘Wet diplomacy,’ backed by American know-how and experience, makes for a cleaner and safer world,” explains Alliance’s President, Ben Grumbles. “The U.S. Water Alliance is honored to support the U.S. Water Partnership, a unique coalition of governmental and non-governmental organizations committed to global water sustainability. By building a strong network of public and private agencies, business leaders and environmental experts here at home in the U.S., we can make a real and lasting impact around the globe with strategic, compassionate rescue missions.”
The U.S. Water Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unite people and policies for water sustainability. It was asked to join the partnership because of its unique ability to connect with all sectors of the U.S. water community and help the internationally-focused partnership tap into the best and brightest on American soil. The other organizations include Africare and The Nature Conservancy. Corporate and Foundation members include Coca-Cola, The Ford Motor Company, Procter & Gamble, Rockefeller Foundation, and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Fourteen federal agencies are partners. The following six organizations are launch partners from earlier in the year: Global Environment & Technology Foundation; Global Water Challenge; Environmental Law Institute; U.S. Department of State; Water Institute at the University of North Carolina; and World Resources Institute.