The Atlanta Declaration
May 21, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia, is home to some of the leading global health and development organizations in the nation and the world. It has played a critical role in the movement for civil rights and social justice. It has a rich network of organizations bridging government, business, higher education and the non-profit sector. And its experience through many years has demonstrated the link between access to clean and safe water and sanitation and the health and economic growth in communities. Atlanta has made and will continue to make major contributions to global health and health equity.
This Atlanta Summit addresses how the next U.S. Congress and presidential administration can best sustain United States leadership in improving world health, with a particular focus on the role of safe water and sanitation. The three sponsors – CARE, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta – have prepared this Declaration to mark recent historic achievements and to articulate a vision for U.S. leadership. The Declaration draws on expert insights from the Carter Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, Emory University’s Global Health Institute and Rollins School of Public Health, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Task Force for Global Health.