The U.S. - Japan Cooperation on Water

At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg last September, 2002, the United States and Japan launched the Clean Water for People Initiative, a joint endeavor to provide safe water and sanitation to the world's poor, improve watershed management, and increase the productivity of water. The Initiative was created within the context of the U.S.-Japan Partnership for Security and Prosperity announced in June 2001 by President Bush and Prime Minister Koizumi.

The U.S. and Japan will strengthen their cooperation and pursue joint or parallel projects wherever possible, aiming at maximizing the efficiency and synergy of their efforts. Water management projects will improve the availability of clean drinking water in the developing world, and enhance sustainable management of coastal and river basin water systems. The partnership will accelerate and expand international efforts to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals and implement the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation including halving, by 2015, "the proportion of people who are unable to reach or afford safe drinking water," and "the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation." The Initiative is open to all countries, including developing countries, regions, international organizations, and civil society partners.

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