6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Implementing the U.S. Global Water Strategy: A First-Year Review

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Event Co-sponsors

U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Water Partnership 

In November 2017, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development released the first U.S. Global Water Strategy. With contributions from more than 17 U.S. government agencies and departments, the Global Water Strategy lays out four interrelated objectives to support a more water secure world: increase access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services, and promote hygiene; protect freshwater resources; promote cooperation on shared waters; and strengthen water governance and financing.

In honor of World Water Day, join us in a discussion with those leading the efforts to implement the Global Water Strategy. Speakers and panelists will share where progress has been made, and where there are continued opportunities to support the Global Water Strategy’s objectives.  

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8:30 am - 9:00 am     

Registration
 

 

9:00 am   

Welcome Remarks
 

Mike Sfraga, Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program, Wilson Center

 

Opening Remarks

 

Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans, and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

 

The U.S. Global Water Strategy, the Water for the World Act, and One Year of Renewed Collaboration

  Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
 
  The U.S. Global Water Strategy – Why Addressing Global Water Issues Matters
  Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Panel | Principal’s Dialogue - What have USG agencies accomplished under GWS?  

 

Jeff Goldberg, Director, Office of Water, U.S. Agency for International Development

Tim Petty, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department Of Interior

Jonathan Richart, Deputy Vice President, Infrastructure, Environment and Private Sector, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Serena Vinter, Deputy Director, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control

Moderated by Mike Sfraga, Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program, Wilson Center

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Panel | Views from the Ground

 

Barney Austin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aqua Strategies, Inc.

Jerad Bales, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.

Sam Huston, USAID WASH-FIN Chief of Party, Project Implemented by TetraTech

Melinda Laituri, Professor Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University

Moderated by Tom Harvey, Chairman and Founder, Global Environment and Technology Foundation

 

12:00 pm

Closing Remarks: Reflections on the Importance of U.S. Leadership in International Water Security

 

President Danilo Türk, Chairman of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace; former President of the Republic of Slovenia

 

12:15 pm Event Close 
  Mike Sfraga, Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program, Wilson Center

 

Speakers

  • Andrew Wheeler

    EPA Administrator
  • Bonnie Glick

    USAID Deputy Administrator
  • Ambassador Marcia Bernicat

    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans, and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • President Danilo Türk

    Chair, Global High-Level Panel, former President of Slovenia
  • Barney Austin

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Aqua Strategies, Inc.
  • Jerad Bales

    Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.
  • Jeff Goldberg

    Director, Office of Water, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Tom Harvey

    Chairman & Founder, Global Environment and Technology Foundation
  • Sam Huston

    USAID WASH-FIN Chief of Party, Project Implemented by TetraTech
  • Melinda Laituri

    Humanitarian Information Unit, Office of the Geographer, INR, U.S. Department of State; Professor of Geography, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University
  • Tim Petty

    Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department Of Interior
  • Jonathan Richart

    Deputy Vice President, Infrastructure, Environment and Private Sector, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Michael Sfraga

    Director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program and Director, Polar Institute
  • Serena Vinter

    Deputy Director, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control