U.S. Government Global Water Strategy

The U.S. Department of State released a U.S. Government Global Water Strategy report, outlining the challenges posed by the current global water crisis. The report discusses the threats to global stability that may arise from water insecurity, such as increased disease, undermined economic growth, state failure, and reduced abilities “of countries to advance priorities that support U.S. national interests.”

Goals of the U.S. water strategy include four strategic objectives:

“1. Increasing sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, and the adoption of key hygiene behaviors;

2. Encouraging the sound management and protection of freshwater resources;

3. Promoting cooperation on shared waters; and,

4. Strengthening water-sector governance, financing, and institutions.”

The Global Water Strategy sets forth the U.S. intention to achieve these objectives through technical assistance, targeted investments, diplomacy, and promotion of science, technology, and information. The report also reveals U.S. plans to focus efforts on countries and regions “where needs and opportunities are greatest and where U.S. engagement can best protect our national security interests.”

Water security is a growing concern and has far-reaching consequences that include threats to homeland security. A forward-facing approach to mitigating the global water crisis is timely and critical to preserve U.S. interests and security.

The report includes U.S. government agency-specific plans, as well as overviews of country-specific plans. The HSDL offers many similar resources, such as Policy and Strategy Documents. For specific homeland security events, including natural disasters, view the Timeline. Visit the Featured Topics for more on Climate Change, Energy Security, and Pandemics and Epidemics.