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Global Launch Event: The U.S. Water Partnership

Join us as we celebrate the launch of a brand new public-private partnership that will harness U.S. strengths to provide centralized access to America’s water knowledge. During a lively 90-minute presentation, followed by a reception, hear about how the United States is uniting and mobilizing its resources to address water challenges around the globe, especially in the developing world. U.S. Water Partnership supporters such as the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, Coca-Cola, USAID, The Global Water Challenge, Philadelphia Water Commission, World Resources Institute, Department of Energy, The Nature Conservancy, University of Colorado and many others will give live-streamed presentations about innovative technologies and governing approaches that are saving lives, greening cities, protecting eco-systems and getting more crop per drop.

Opening Remarks

  • Liz Murphy (Emcee), Cultural Outreach Officer, U.S. Department of State

  • Kris Balderston, DOS Special Representative for Global Partnership Initiatives

  • William K. Reilly, Chair, Global Water Challenge, former EPA Administrator

  • Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator

Existing Partners Group

  • Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • William K. Reilly, Chairman, Global Water Challenge

  • Amy Luers, Director, Climate Change, Skoll Global Threats Fund

  • Dr. Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group; Incoming President, World Resources Institute

  • Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, Associate Director for International Development, Rockefeller Foundation

New Partners/New Commitments

  • Alice Madden, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development, University of Colorado

  • Elise Golan, Director of Sustainable Development, USDA

  • Kent Hill, Senior Vice President, International Programs, World Vision

  • Bea Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca Cola Company

Panel Group

  • Philippe Cousteau (Moderator), CNN Correspondent, EarthEcho

  • Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

  • Dan Irwin, Director of SERVIR Program, NASA

  • Howard Neukrug, Philadelphia Water Commissioner, also, Clean Water Alliance America co-chair

  • John Morton, Vice President for Investment Policy, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Closing Remarks

  • Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • Don Steinberg, U.S. Agency for International Development Deputy Administrator

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