Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy World Water Day from Hillary Clinton

Yesterday was World Water Day (yes, there is a water day). We celebrated at the World Bank by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Government to work together to address the world's water issues. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on hand to sign the MOU. Secretary Clinton is a busy busy lady these days, so it was awesome that she was able to make the event.

The event took place in the beautiful main atrium of the head quarters main complex (MC). We were connected to the United Nation's celebration of World Water Day in Cape Town, South Africa. 
Over 17 NGOs participated in the event along with lots of press. Because of all the attention, the event was standing room only. We stood for about 2.5 hours from beginning to end. Thankfully, all of the speakers brought their personal and interesting perspective on the world's water crisis.

Waiting for Hillary.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick

Secretary Clinton

Signing the Memo of Understanding
Access to clean and sustainable water is directly connected to every single poverty issue around the world, so bringing global attention to the issue is definitely positive. The challenge will be to act on our promises. Maybe one day Washington will even get around to cleaning up the Potomac River and making our tap water drinkable :).

Did you hear about World Water Day?

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