Announces Signature Initiative to Support Clean Water, Sanitation in African Countries
RIO DE JANIERO, JUNE 20, 2012 - The
"Access to safe water is essential for our company and our world. The sustainability of water resources is a top priority at The
The USWP was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on World Water Day 2012. This public-private partnership was established to unite American expertise, knowledge and resources, and mobilize those assets to address water challenges around the globe, especially in the developing world.
"The U.S. Water Partnership is about connecting people and resources, making information easily accessible, reducing transaction costs, and leveraging the assets of partners to offer a range of U.S.-based approaches and solutions tailored to key water needs," said Secretary Clinton. "Whether it is improved access to knowledge and technical training, or mobilizing experts and resources, the partnership aims to provide integrated solutions to water challenges around the world. We very much appreciate the leadership of
The Company's commitment will support USWP operations as well as water access programs in countries with the most significant water access needs through its flagship program, the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN). In 2012,
The funds will support a variety of sustainable water access activities ranging from expanding water access in informal urban settlements to providing water access in hospitals and promoting multiple uses of water that empower women. These projects are core to the Company's 2012 RAIN project portfolio that addresses the diversity of water challenges faced by Africans, including sustainable agriculture, water and sanitation in schools, and rural and urban community water access.
Also as part of this effort, The
"These programs are in the spirit of the Rio meetings - conserving natural resources for future generations, improving livelihoods and ensuring the sustainability of the communities we serve," said William Asiko, President of The
The US Water Partnership (USWP)
USWP is a U.S.-based public-private partnership (PPP) established to unite American expertise, knowledge, and resources, and mobilize those assets to address water challenges around the globe, especially in the developing world. In addition to The
The Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN)
RAIN is backed by a six-year, $30 million dollar commitment by The
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