There is a growing global water crisis that may increase disease, undermine economic growth,
foster insecurity and state failure, and generally reduce the capacity of countries to advance
priorities that support U.S. national interests. To address these challenges and contribute to a
healthier, safer, and more prosperous world, the United States will work to support a water
secure world where people have sustainable supplies of water of sufficient quantity and quality
to meet human, economic, and ecosystem needs while managing risks from floods and droughts.
This work will be guided by four interconnected strategic objectives:
● Increasing sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, and the
adoption of key hygiene behaviors;
● Encouraging the sound management and protection of freshwater resources;
● Promoting cooperation on shared waters; and,
● Strengthening water-sector governance, financing, and institutions.