U.S. Government Releases First Global Water Strategy

Report identifies water priorities in foreign policy.

A girl fills jars with water in Rajasthan, India. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue

By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue
November 16, 2017. To coordinate its response to floods, droughts, disease, and other water challenges whose political and economic consequences leap borders the Trump administration submitted the federal government’s first global water strategy.

Ordered by Congress in 2014, the strategy lays out four goals: increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water management, protect watersheds from pollution, and prevent conflict over rivers, lakes, and aquifers that cross political boundaries.

“Safe water and sanitation are fundamental to solving challenges to human health, economic development, and peace and security,” the 70-page report states.

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