Marking World Water Day Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on behalf of the U.S. government, joined World Bank President Robert Zoellick in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaborative efforts between the groups to improve water and sanitation conditions for the world’s poor, the Epoch Times reports (Hayley, 3/22).
The U.S. government “is the world’s largest donor of official development assistance and is recognized worldwide for its science and technical expertise, and the World Bank is one of the world’s most important sources of financial, scientific and technical assistance for developing countries,” a State Department fact sheet states. “This agreement leverages the considerable expertise and assets of the two partners to help developing countries achieve water security and improve water quality,” according to the fact sheet, which offers a breakdown of several potential activities to be supported under the MOU (3/22).
“[W]ater security for us is a matter of economic security, human security, and national security, because we see potential for increasing unrest, conflicts, and instability over water,” Clinton said at the signing, according to a transcript from the event. However, “The water crisis can bring people together. …We have seen this in the success of local water groups, neighbors combining their resources to build wells and install pipes, then paying for water together. We have seen how water projects, done right, can unite engineers, health experts, educators, and political leaders. And we have seen countries come together to settle disputes and arrive at joint solutions to their water problems.” CONTINUE ARTICLE