Happy World Water Day! Technology can help us find solutions to water scarcity and rising demand. Check out our blog entry about the Department of State’s USTech H2.O exhibit, and why water security and diplomacy go hand-in-hand. http://goo.gl/ADW4kN
The Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development (a joint project by the U.S. Agency for International Development and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) is harnessing the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions to poverty and food shortages. How? By calling on people around the world to develop and submit technologies that can improve water conservation. USAID Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes will announce the semi-finalists on Friday at the Department of State’s USTech H2.O event. http://securingwaterforfood.org/
"At the very least, we should all aim to educate ourselves on the multifaceted ways in which women are oppressed. We have to start looking at gender oppression through a more holistic lens, one that does not stop at economic and/or political inequalities, but also health-related inequalities such as in sexual and reproductive health."
We welcome the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria and thank the commission for its extremely important work over the past two and a half years, despite the Asad regime’s refusal to cooperate and grant access to the Commission.
As we gather today, three years after the start of the Syrian revolution, more than 100,000 people have died, 6.5 million internally displaced, and more than 2.5 million have fled to nearby countries as refugees. The COI has again reported additional and ongoing gross violations carried out by government forces and militias, including murder, hostage-taking, enforced disappearances, torture, rape, unlawful use of child soldiers, targeting civilians, and the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs. We appreciate the COI’s efforts to document the abuses and violations perpetrated by non-state armed groups, including by Jabhat Al-Nusra and ISIL, whose conduct we strongly condemn. Full Statement