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U.S. Government Water Policy Briefs

-03/18/11  U.S. Engagement on Water Issues; Washington, DC
-03/04/11  U.S. Government Water Policy Brief; Washington, DC

Inter-Agency Water Working Group

The Inter-Agency Water Working Group (IWWG), led by U.S. Department of State (DOS, is the leading interagency working group for international water policy. The IWWG has been in existence since 2001, and meets monthly to discuss and coordinate USG strategy regarding global water issues. The IWWG benefits from active participation by 20 technical and military agencies, including Bureau of Reclamation, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of the Treasury, Department of Commerce (DOC), Environmental Protection Agency, International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Section (IWBC), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), National Aeronautic and Space Agency (NASA), National Geo-Spatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Peace Corps, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) , and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Secretary Clinton Launches New US Water Partnership (3/22/2012)

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. US Water Partnership (3/21/2012)

U.S. Government-World Bank Memorandum of Understanding:

On March 22, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on water cooperation with the World Bank, on behalf of 17 agencies, with the goal of expanding joint efforts to create a more water-secure future for the world. This partnership will greatly enhance our collective and individual capacities to address the global water and sanitation challenges world-wide. Fact Sheet» Video»

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture is a collaborating agency
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of State
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Export Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank)
  • International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), U.S. Section
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

The U.S. Department of State is working through partnerships to achieve a water-secure world, one in which people have the water they need, when and where they need it, in a sustainable manner, while reducing the risk and impact of extreme water events like droughts and floods. These programs and partnerships seek to build political will and support national level planning processes; leverage expertise, knowledge, technology and resources; and promote water security.

National Planning for Results Initiative: Partnering with the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), UNICEF and other donors to support the development and implementation of national water and sanitation plans and strategies. The goal is to increase water and sanitation investment in those countries committed to reform and strong national leadership.

African Minister’s Council on Water: Through a cooperative agreement with the Environmental Law Institute, the State Department is working to strengthen the institutional and governance capacity of the African Minister’s Council on Water. The goal is to enable greater Africa-wide cooperation on common water challenges, share U.S. knowledge, and promote African-led solutions.

U.S. Water Partnership: A public-private partnership to united and mobilize U.S. knowledge, expertise and resources to address water challenges around the globe- especially in the developing world, where needs are greatest. Launched globally at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development on June 20, 2012, the USWP has over 40 members and commitments worth $610 million thus far.

Shared Waters Partnership: Working with UNDP to promote cooperative approaches to shared waters, in regions where water is, or may become, a source of tension. This is achieved by working to strengthen multi-stakeholder platforms, improve efforts to align diplomatic and development work, and build capacity to create robust, responsive institutions for shared water management.

UN Water Country Briefs: Working with UN Water to develop country-specific water briefs designed to build awareness among senior government decision makers on the economic, social, environmental, and security consequences of not addressing future water needs within their country.

Agricultural Water Management Partnership for Africa (AgWA): Working with the UN FAO, the African Union, and other partners to strengthen the integration of water into national food security strategies through the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) framework. The goal is to ensure food security through sound water resources management.

Ambassador’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Initiative (A-WASH): Provides a platform for ambassadors, through outreach events, to draw attention to the critical role of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in schools and encouraging dialogues to engage high-level support for universal coverage of WASH in schools.

Middle East Network of Water Centers: An alliance of research and educational institutions, governments, civil society, and the private sector to resolve water challenges through collaborative research, capacity building, innovation, and knowledge sharing leading to sustainable development and improved livelihoods.

Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure: An international partnership to develop and disseminate best practices related to the use of natural water infrastructure, such as wetlands and river channels, and the re-operation of existing man-made water infrastructure to improve economic, social and environmental benefits.



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 Examples of  books about water  and geopolitics:

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Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders - JoAnn Carmin (Editor); Julian Agyeman (Editor)
Call Number: GE220 .E575 2011
ISBN: 9780262015516
Publication Date: 2011
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Water, Peace, and War - Brahma Chellaney
Call Number: HD1691 .C44 2013
ISBN: 9781442221390
Publication Date: 2013-04-11
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Water Politics and Development Cooperation - Susanne Neubert; Waltina Scheumann; Martin Kipping
Call Number: Electronic Resource.
ISBN: 9783540767077
Publication Date: 2008
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Sample articles on geopolitics and water:

Waterpower: Politics and the Geography of Water Provision.   By: Agnew, John. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. May2011, Vol. 101 Issue 3, p463-476. 14p. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2011.560053.

The ‘sinew of development’: Cold War geopolitics, technical expertise, and water resource development in Southeast Asia, 1954–1975.   By: Sneddon, Chris. Social Studies of Science (Sage Publications, Ltd.). Aug2012, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p564-590. 27p. DOI: 10.1177/0306312712445835.

The Geopolitics of Water in the Middle East: fantasies and realities.   By: Selby, Jan. Third World Quarterly. Mar2005, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p329-349. 21p. DOI: 10.1080/0143659042000339146.

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