A 21-member French delegation (Coalition Eau, pS-Eau, Suez Environnement, Veolia Environnement, SIAAP, AFD, OIEAU, City of Marseille, Ministry of Agriculture, IME, ASTEE, EDF, ACF, FWP and two experts) will attend the Daegu-Gyeonbuk kick-off meeting on 14 and 15 May, bringing together senior Korean authorities, representatives of the World Water Council and other key international water personalities.
This kick-off will be an opportunity for French stakeholders to emphasise the need for the achievements made at previous Forums to be promoted at the 2015 Forum, notably those from Marseille in 2012. Defining political, regional and thematic processes, innovation and technology will be at the heart of the discussions in a particularly relevant Asian context.
A collective position has been taken by the French stakeholders based on consultations with all FWP members. This position was officially transmitted to the two Co-Chairs of the Daegu-Gyeonbuk Forum, Mr Ben Braga, President of the World Water Council and Mr Soon Tak Lee, a senior Korean official.
The French position will be presented at the kick-off meeting through a message from the Minister, Mrs Delphine Batho, and a speech by Mr Guy Fradin.
Consult : Contributions of the FWP to the WWF7
Program of the Kick off meeting : http://worldwaterforum7.org/en/kickoff/About/Program/
The Board of Governors is a strategic event for World Water Forums. It is also an opportunity for many exchanges with influential representatives of the international world of water.
Four French governors sit on the Board with their alternates, a Frenchman serves as an alternate for a foreign governor, and the city of Marseille holds a seat ex officio.
At the initiative of the President of the French Water Partnership, working with the President of the Cercle Français de l’Eau, collective preparation including the French Board members was implemented for these meetings in the second half of 2012. This preparation has given rise to shared talking points whose strategic objectives are to:
- Contribute to making the World Water Council a veritable think tank based France and capable of making contributions developed within the framework of the preparations for the Forums and highlighting their results at official international forums;
- Ensure that the World Water Council constitutes a common thread running between Forums so that the achievements of each Forum may be taken into account as effectively as possible in the following Forums.
For more information : http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/about-us/whos-who/board-of-governors/
Reinforcing the presence of French stakeholders at international events entails more active participation by them at the World Water Week in Stockholm. The French Water Partnership has been working in this direction for 2013:
- Together with ONEMA, UNESCO IHP and AGWA, it will organise a side event on Thursday 5 September 2013 (12.45-1.45 pm) on the question of how the uncertainties surrounding climate change affect water resource management.
This one-hour session will highlight needs and set the stage for the creation of a science-policy interface aimed at supporting exchanges and good communication to facilitate the implementation of strategies for adapting to climate change in planning and water management.
This session, which is designed for water managers, scientists and users to create a multi-stakeholder dialogue, is in line with the objective of making contributions to the United Nations Climate Talks;
Each year, the World Water Week in Stockholm brings together scientists and economists from the English-speaking world to discuss questions such as urbanisation, climate change, food safety, green growth, innovation, etc.
The thematic scope of the 2013 Week will be “Water Cooperation – building partnerships”.
To know more about the side event : WWW13 side event communication
Learn more about the World Water Week : http://www.worldwaterweek.org/purposeandscope
Despite the progress made thanks to water’s inclusion in the current Millennium Goals, the members of the FWP consider that water is still a veritable international emergency.
Between 2 and 4 billion people do not have access to truly clean drinking water (and not 800 million as the official figures would like us to believe), 2.5 billion do not have access to toilets, 90% of the waterborne pollution around the world receives no treatment leading to considerable damage for health and the environment and 1.7 billion people live in regions where the groundwater is overexploited.
The community is working to define the future post-2015 development goals and the sustainable development goals laid down at the Rio+20 Conference held in June 2012.
To ensure that this priority is central in defining the future Goals, the members of the FWP are calling for a specific Water Goal in the Post-2015 Agenda. For this, the FWP has been working with its members to define joint messages.
The FWP’s action is threefold:
- It mobilises International, European and French organisations for advocacy;
- In its working groups, it defines joint messages, targets and indicators as part of the Water Goal;
- It works with sectors where water plays an important role (food safety, sustainable city energy, etc.) to find an inclusive, cross-cutting approach to this Goal.
Regular consultations are organised with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to present the positions drawn up by the FWP to international decision-making organisations working with the United Nations.
“Since the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico, France has set up the French Water Partnership, bringing together public and private water stakeholders in a single association to share and promote discussions, actions and proposals for water.
“Partnership” – it is indeed a good thing to set one up and to make it work. But doesn’t this word convey a concept that is a bit of an over-simplification when speaking of the “heritage of humanity”, the “common wealth of the nation?”
France is proud of its national motto, “Liberté, égalité, Fraternité” (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity), but we talk more about the first two terms while “Fraternity (or Brotherhood)” is often lacking in meaning. I call on you to create a “brotherhood of water” that I feel would put a little meat on the bones of the concepts we stand for, notably the right to water, which cannot be allowed to shrivel away in a legal drought.
The last Forum in Marseille was an opportunity for France to defend a pragmatic approach based on solutions and commitments, but also a human approach with the “roots and citizenship” process. Whatever you think of big international gatherings, the World Water Forum remains a unique opportunity for meetings and discussions between men and women who are passionate about access to and the conservation of water resources.
We therefore wish our Korean friends all the best for a successful Forum that takes us in this direction. Our fraternal national partnership for water will, of course, work toward this goal.”
The members of the FWP organise many events, actions and discussions on all aspects of the water question, both nationally and internationally, which are central to the FWP:
Decentralised cooperation session of the 92nd ASTEE conference (Association Scientifique et Technique pour l’Eau et l’Environnement)
This annual conference of water and environmental professionals, this year including urban planning professionals as well, will be held from 4 to 7 June in Nantes. A session on decentralised cooperation will be organised on Wednesday, 5 June, at 5.00 pm.
For further information and to attend this major event, visit: http://www.nantes.astee.fr/
“Votre goutte d’eau”: Solidarités International
Visit www.votregouttedeau.org, a website set up by Solidarités International, and you will find the petition for the UNSG, the water ink clip, and examples of actions by this humanitarian NGO.
Cités Unies France: Forum for International Community Action
The 4th Forum for International Community Action, which will bring together all French communities committed to international cooperation, will be held on 1 and 2 July2013, in Paris.
Cercle Francais de l’Eau: Water and Food Safety Conference
Cercle Francais de l’Eau will organise a conference on the subject of “Water and Food Safety, what are the challenges facing France?” on 17 June,2013, in Paris.
On 27 and 28 March, 2013, the OECD organised an international conference on water governance that was attended by the FWP and its members (Veolia Environnement, Suez Environnement, ASTEE, OIEAU, AFD and Coalition Eau).
This conference was an opportunity to pursue the work programme on this topic laid down at the Marseille World Water Forum in 2012 and to renew international efforts for improved water governance.
The conference dealt with the following subjects:
- national reforms on water governance;
- the challenges of water governance in the context of heavy urbanisation, notably in developing countries;
- reforms in terms of water governance in rural areas, the connection between cities and rural areas, and the role played by the decentralisation of water services and local authorities.
The participants at the conference decided to pursue the work initiated at the 2012 Forum and to work together to:
- make joint contributions to the OECD’s programme on water governance;
- collaborate in implementing the governance goals drawn up at Marseille in view of the upcoming World Water Forum in South Korea;
- contribute to the creation of an international water governance observatory to collect innovative tools and success stories on an international level;
- implement a water governance web portal to forge links and to identify existing web platforms on water governance, tools, methodologies and programmes around the world.
The aim is to provide policy orientations and recommendations for improved water governance, notably in the context of the year of international cooperation in the field of water and the elaboration of future worldwide sustainable development goals.
A meeting was held last 24 April in Montpellier bringing together the Ea-écoentreprises, Swelia and WSM clusters, along with the Eau competitive cluster in Montpellier, which are pooling their international actions under the title “France Water Team”. The FWP was represented by its Managing Director.
This pooling aims to strengthen small and medium-sized companies’ influence internationally, notably by providing a collective voice at FWP bodies and working groups. Small and medium-sized companies are major stakeholders as an interface between local governments, citizens and populations.
Their reinforced participation in the FWP will constitute a major element in view of the Deagu-Gyeonbuk Forum, which will have a particular focus on innovation and technology.
On 21 and 22 March 2013, Bart Devos and Gérard Payen, members of the FWP, took part in the high-level meeting held at The Hague. This international meeting was an important gathering of eminent personalities, governments, civil society and the private sector.
The first day was dedicated to the “Wings for Water – Wake-up Call for Water Cooperation” dialogue which discussed the international work and exchanges undertaken in recent months (the Monrovia meeting in January and the Geneva meeting in February) as part of the United Nations’ thematic consultations on water and sanitation to define the future worldwide development goals and sustainable development goals for the year 2015.
This first day led to policy recommendations for taking water and sanitation into account in the post-2012 development agenda. Bart Devos, President of the Youth Parliament for Water, was behind preparing these recommendations. The recommendations propose a world for the year 2050 which:
- Adopts a cross-cutting approach to water taking into account agriculture, economic and demographic growth, urbanisation, energy and climate change;
- Makes access to sanitation a priority;
- Establishes indicators representing the fulfilment of development goals;
- Protects water resources and ecosystems;
- Adopts a circular economic approach to the water cycle;
- Continues the already large financial support dedicated to the cause of water and development projects.
The second day was dedicated to celebrating the international year of cooperation in the water field. Mr Ban Ki-Moon, Mr Michel Jarraud (UN Water) and Mr Bart Devos took part in the opening ceremonies for the day. The recommendation document developed beforehand was presented to the high-level group (governments) who will promote the subject before decision-making organisations and define future worldwide goals.
These two days were an opportunity for the FWP’s representatives who attended to give a reminder of and to illustrate the major role that the FWP plays in cooperation in the water field, notably on topics such as defining future millennium goals and sustainable development goals.
Indeed, the FWP has a mandate to bring together the various French water stakeholders who work on the question to obtain joint positions and international exposure. With its partners, it mobilises many French, European and International organisations to promote the creation of a water goal with all its components within the post-2015 agenda.
Declaration « Wings for Water – Wake up call for Water Cooperation » :Wake up call for water
The President of the FWP took part in this official announcement held in Paris on 1st of March, which was an opportunity for the French President to indicate the three main orientations of France’s development policy for the coming years, contributing to:
- development for the least advanced countries through all types of financing, humanitarian aid, technical expertise, etc.;
- maintaining peace and security;
- preserving the planet by seeking an international climate agreement (France has offered to organise a United Nations Conference in 2015) and financing projects in the context of sustainable development.
The President of the Republic also indicated that the various components of French society would be involved in implementing this policy, which will receive dedicated financing to be increased as soon as possible.
In terms of financing, he insisted on the need to develop innovative methods of financing for water and sanitation, taking the example of the Oudin-Santini law and support for projects in this field, first of all in Mali, through a tax on financial transactions.
The FWP’s vocation is to participate in the organisations to be set up to monitor this policy. Contacts will be made with the highest government authorities for this, so that water may become a priority in the French government’s positions in negotiations on the Post-2015 Agenda, Climate negociations and all related political discussions on water and sanitation access.
The General Assembly of the French Water Partnership took place on the 31st of January 2013. More than 70 of its members were present, representing the 6 colledges of the FWP ( NGOs, private businesses, the state, water agencies, scientific institutions and so on). This assembly discussed the orientation of the work that the FWP will undertake in the coming years and redifined its governance.
Monsieur Henri Begorre, Mayor of Maxeville, was re-elected for a new mandate as president of the FWP, and a new board of administrators and bureau was designated.
During this meeting the members of the board decided to reinforce their collaboration, to strenghten the french voice of water within the international arena, notably for the international year of water cooperation of the United Nations (2013) and the World Water Forum of Daegu, in South Korea (2015).
I would like to send you my best wishes for the year 2013, a year which will be placed on the path of a more sustainable development, at the professional and personal level.
The French Water Partnership (FWP), of which I have the honor to be the president, will take on new ambitions for this new year, so as to enhance the expertise of its members internationally and contribute to the inclusion of water in the global political agenda.
After a first successful phase of activities, which started in 2007 and ended in March 2012, with the World Water Forum in Marseille, the partnership has been mandated by its members, to become an autonomous legal structure in July 2012. This new structure will pursue the work started in the previous years and develop new activities so as to express further the voice of water within European and other international conference than the World Water Forum, start a dialogue with areas where water is a fundamental activity such as agriculture, energy, climate, and ensure the implementation of the commitments made by French actors at the Forum of Marseille.
The definition of these new ambitions will reflect the will of its members. The 31 of January 2013 the general assembly of the French Water Partnership will be held, and be the occasion to express this will and consult all the FWP’s members. This goes in line with FWP wish to create a strong and sustainable multi-actor platform with strong consensual messages and an integrative framework.
I take the time here to warmly thank all FWP’s members for their implication, contributions and support since 2007 and their will to open up a new page for the issue of water in the international arena.
President of the French Water Partnership
The FWP has been mandated to participate in the monitoring of the implementation of the commitments made at the World Water Forums ( starting with the one of Marseille 2012) and continue the thematic work undertaken during these Forums.
Thus, the FWP will continue the substantive work led by its working groups and carry their contributions to the international arena.
January 2013 will be a month dedicated to the consolidation of these working groups, wich will be asked to draw up action plans for the next three years (2013 – 2015) on the way to the 7th World Water Forum of Daegu.
These plans will be available on the website of the FWP.
Meetings in January:
- January 9, 2013: Water and Food Security
- January 15, 2013: Working groups: The right to water and sanitation and the post 2015 Development
- January 21, 2013: French working group on the issue of water and adaptation to climate change
- January 22, 2013: Strategic meeting co-organized with United Cities France on the 1% Law Oudin Santini on decentralized cooperation
During the World Water Forum of Marseille, the Secours Catholique (member of the FWP), Caritas International and a number of other volunteers have presented WIKIWATER a great tool for water users.
What is it?
According to United Nations’ experts, nearly 2 billion people have no access to potables water and 2.5 billion people are lacking basicsanitation. The result – more than 4 million people ( a majority of them children) die every yearfrom water-born diseases or as a result of improper sanitation.
Poor but rich in talent, these people are willing to take charge of this problem provided easy access to the means best suited and least expensive, with minimal help and advice.
That’s the aim of WIKIWATER which offers simple, clear, precise documentation that encourages action. WIKIWATER contains about 100 files, each one 4 or 5 pages long with illustrations, covering a variety of subjects. The files are organized into four sections: “Water access” (linkage, storage, distribution), “sanitation” (latrines, wastewater collection, ecological treatment, healthand hygiene awareness raising) and ”financial means” (service pricing, subsidization) and “hygiene education and service governance” (village management committees, user associations, public services, etc.).
Who is it for?
First and foremost, for the populations concerned, their leaders; heads of villages, neighbourhoods, communities, management committees, etc.
Secondly, local officials as well as local, regionalor even national technical departments that are in charge of applying water access and sanitation policies.
Lastly, the website is intended for various local or international development players, such as NGos, international solidarity organizations, other international institutions and research.
To know more visit the website :
Brochure : wikiwater
The President of the FWP was present during the High Level Forum 2012 : Water and Sanitation for Africa, WSA on the 12 – 14 of December in Senegal.
This forum was organised by the Pan-African Intergovernmental Agency, a leader institution in the development of innovating and sustainable solutions in the field of water and sanitation to provide water and sanitation access to all africans.
High level government representatives attened the meeting from around 20 African countries. The theme of this year’s forum was : « Innovating financing for access to water and sanitation in Africa »
The participation of the FWP in this event was an excellent opportunity to be at the heart of exchanges and debates related to water and sanitation in the african continent, a continent of which countries the FWP members work extensively. This participation allowed for the FWP to picture and see opportunities for future collaboration and partnerships.
Visit the website of the event : http://www.wsafrica.org/
The French Water Partnership (FWP) took part in the 6th Africities Summit held in Dakar from 4 to 8 December. This Summit focused on the construction of Africa starting with its regions and local authorities. 5,000 representatives from the public and private sectors, including nearly 3,000 mayors and local elected officials, were in attendance.
The FWP’s participation was an opportunity to learn about the latest changes affecting this great continent in order to define partnerships between French and African water stakeholders to meet the remaining challenges.
The major objective in this sector concerns access to water and sanitation for all Africans.
In Africa today, the objective set by the international community in 2000 for water in 2015 – reduce the number of people without access to water of improved quality in half – will be hard to meet. The objective set for sanitation – reduce the number of people without access to sanitation in half – has no chance of being met.
This situation explains why water is the leading cause of death on the African continent.
Two mechanisms are at the heart of the debates for meeting these objectives:
- Decentralising skills and means and finding a fair balance between the responsibilities of governments and those of local authorities.
Many studies presented at Africities showed that the countries that have made the most progress on the road to decentralisation have moved forward faster than the others toward meeting the development objectives set by the international community. Various initiatives were taken at this Summitfor local authorities in Africa to get organised to put greater pressure on their governments (“decentralisation has to be deserved”).
- Implementing financial mechanisms for solidarity between rich and poor populations in developing countries and between developed and developing countries.
Several examples were given in presentations, such as Greater Dakar and Niger, which plan to set up such mechanisms as a priority to speed up access to sanitation for their disadvantaged populations.
The experience of French stakeholders in favour of such mechanisms will soon comprise the basis for their collective relations with African stakeholders through the FWP:
- responsibilities for public water and sanitation services acquired by French local authorities as part of the decentralisation policy carried out in our country, monitoring the effectiveness of these services and relations with users;
- decentralised cooperation between authorities and water agencies in France and abroad (Thiollière Law and Oudin-Santini Law), domestic solidarity in France (Cambon Law).
On this basis, the Chairman of the FWP, Henri Bégorre, Vice-President of Grand Nancy and Mayor of Maxéville, will take part in the meeting of African Water Ministers to be held inDakarfrom 12 to 14 December. He will notably meet withNiger’s Minister of Hydraulics and the Environment and with elected officials from Dakar.
As part of the French delegation, the French Water Partnership (FWP) took part in the 18th United Nations Climate Change Conference held inDoha from 26 November to 3 December.
Water remained a secondary subject in the discussions at the Conference, even though there is every reason to believe that this subject will become a central concern for the future, notably in the context of defining adaptation strategies.
A certain consensus was found at Doha that adaptation strategies should be ramped up alongside mitigation strategies. Many countries from the South expressed their need for short-term national adaptation given the foreseeable rise in temperatures due to the delays observed in reducing greenhouse gases. Water can be seen here as a strong concern in the adaptation policies for agriculture and food safety.
The FWP’s work after the Conference
The Doha Conference brought forward the need to orient work at the FWP and at UNESCO IHP along the following three lines:
- the world of water can act through better systemic management of environments (flows, water quality and regulation) and better management of demand (adaptation of uses) by promoting techniques that are more economical with resources,
- it is of outmost importance to manage and understand climate uncertainties. Once the uncertainties related to the climate are recognised as essential, irreducible parameters, they must be included in forward-looking approaches,
- the question of socioeconomic development in countries of the South and its synergies and antagonisms for adaptation strategies need to be taken into account.
For this, the FWP will:
- pursue the work undertaken at the World Water Forum with UNESCO IHP on defining new tools to strengthen expertise in managing climate uncertainties and global changes in water planning,
- mobilise the French Ministry of Ecology in view of implementing a platform for information exchange on the European level for sharing the experience and knowledge acquired.
Flyer of recommendations and work undertaken by the FWP and UNESCO IHP regarding Water and Climate Change Adaptation : 2010 10 10 flyer_tsg332
The FWP at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar (COP 18) from 26 November to 7 December 2012.
The French Water Partnership is attending Doha to expand its network of influence and to showcase the work carried out at the Marseille Forum on the challenges of “Water and Climate Change” with its partners, including UNESCO IHP.
Indeed, water does not hold the place it should in climate negotiations given the impact that such changes have on water resources and the adaptation measures to be adopted. Climate change is going to increase the number of extreme events such as floods and harm to populations, as well as droughts making water shortages even worse due to the ever-growing demand.
The FWP will notably take part in the following sessions:
- IPCC report, 28 November
- Policy followed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF/FEM), 30 November
- Adaptation in the agricultural world, 3 December.
The FWP’s participation is part of an approach aiming to bring international stakeholders together to mobilise around the topic of “Water and Climate Change”.
Oujda (Morocco), 9 and 10 October 2012
At this meeting organised by Global Water Solidarity (GWS), the FWP contributed to the Motion adopted for the wide-scale development and multiplication of innovative Decentralised Solidarity Mechanisms for universal access to drinking water and sanitation in the Mediterranean.
This Motion aims to:
Encourage, at the respective level of institutions, the necessary, relevant actions for promoting the implementation and expansion of Decentralised Solidarity Mechanisms as defined in this Motion;
Promote the emergence of additional financial, technical and institutional resources, as well as improving access to existing financing, to meet the challenges facing infra-governmental institutions to ensure sustainable, universal access to water and sanitation services;
Sharing, throughout the Mediterranean world, the multitude of precious experiences with solidarity mechanisms (international, national, watersheds and local), identifying potential partners and encouraging new partnerships;
Provide support to concerned partners for carrying out projects for access to water and sanitation;
Prioritise actions for the most vulnerable users (women, children, refugees, poor people, people living in war zones, minority groups, etc.), environmentally sensitive areas and rural areas;
Make a proposal to the Global Water Solidarity for drawing up a multi-annual plan of action and integration of a Mediterranean regional platform. The purpose of this Platform will be to share challenges, to unite all stakeholders in the water and sanitation fields (public, private, associations) and to reach concrete objectives, knowledge and supervision for projects completed or to be carried out, evaluating their objectives and impacts, and thus to move on from idle words to real-world achievements.