The FWP has participated in SDSN’s consultation on Sustainable Development Goals

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. It has been working to develop a set of indicators for the SDGs for over a year, and has launched a new global consultation on its draft report, “Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the SDGs”.

The French water stakeholders, reunited within the French Water Partnership, have replied to this consultation.  We support most of SDSN propositions of indicators for water, in particular the use of “safely-managed water services” and “safely-managed sanitation services”.

However, we believe that some important issues are not covered by SDSN propositions as core indicators, such as: Hygiene, Faecal sludge treatment, Safe Reuse of wastewater, physical water efficiency, Integrated Water Ressource Management (IWRM), and Biodiversity protection.

The members of the French Water Partnership offer their own suggestions of specific, measurable and currently in use indicators for the Water Goal and its links with other Goals.

To discover our work, please read our Comparison of indicators (SDSN/UN WATER/FWP), and our Post-2015 Agenda Technical Document that explains our choice of indicators.

Download messages of the French Water Partnership on the Post 2015 Developement Agenda

Members of the French Water Partnership (FWP) involved in “Water within the post-2015 Development Agenda” working group have prepared a working document in the context of international negotiations concerning the United Nations post-2015 Agenda. It is the result of collective reflection and is likely to evolve.

The purpose of these contributions is to demonstrate the absolute importance of water in all sectors of development, in France and worldwide. They are disseminated in various platforms and international arenas. In particular they have been made available to UN-Water in the context of its consultation for the working document “A post 2015 Global Goal for Water: synthesis of key findings and recommendations from UN-Water” published on 27 January 2014.

Advocacy for a Water Goal in th post 2015 Agenda – Summary – French Water Partnership – June 2014




Announcement for the international workshop on urban wastewater management, 3 – 5 of November 2014

Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce you the coming international workshop focusing on urban wastewater management, which will take place from the 3rd to 5th of November 2014, near Paris (City of Colombes).

This workshop will be a preparatory event for the  7th World Water Forum (Korea, 2015) and will contribute for a post-2015 “Water” goal.

You have until June 15th 2014 to submit your contribution for the workhop.

It can be related to one of those four fields:

  1. Collection and evacuation of wastewater and excreta
  2. Wastewater treatment for protection of the environment and downstream uses
  3. Reuse of treated wastewater
  4. Use of by-products for agricultural and/or energy production purposes

For more details, please refer to the brochure you can download here.

Best regards,

The Seine Normandy Water Agency and its partners: SIAAP, ASTEE, PSEAU, FWP.



Kick off meeting for the European Regional Process of the 7th World Water Forum- 19th of May, Brussels


PLACE ON THE 19TH MAY 2014 AT 10.00 – 16.00


Dear European Stakeholders,

It is now time to start the European preparations for World Water Forum in Daegu & Gyeongbuk, Korea, 12 – 17 April 2015.

 The French Water Partnership and Danish Water Forum have been appointed by the forum organisers to facilitate the European process and we now invite all water stakeholders in Europe to join us in a discussion of water challenges in Europe and globally. See the attached announcement and share the information in your network.

 We encourage all stakeholders to participate in the kick-off meeting and to participate actively in the European Regional Process.

If you wish to take part in facilitating topics and conducting thematic meetings within that topic as well as sessions during the World Water Forum in Korea in 2015  please contact us to learn more and to join this initiative.

  Please sign up for the meeting as soon as possible, Danish Water Forum:

More information will be uploaded on  and

See flyer: World Water Forum 2015_Kick-off meeting


Presse Release for the World Water Day: Integrating water and energy policies at the international level

This year World Water Day takes on the theme of water and energy.

These two areas are inextricably linked: on one hand, water is used in hydroelectric production and is required for cooling thermal power plants, extracting and refining oil and gas products, as well as for the production of certain fuels such as biomass, ethanol or hydrogen.

Globally, the energy sector is the second largest user of water after agriculture.

On the other hand, energy is essential to the whole cycle of human water use: extraction by pumping, transport, treatment, desalination, various uses, in particular for irrigation or industry, and waste water treatment.

 Why is World Water Day 2014 focusing on water and energy?

Simultaneously meeting the rising global demand for both energy and water is a challenge, but one that is not often highlighted. Under the triple effect of demographics – 9 billion people are expected by 2050 according to the UN (2012) – economic development and changing patterns of consumption, global demand for energy is expected to double or even triple by 2050. Concurrently, global water requirements for human activities are expected to increase 40% by 2030 and 70% in the case of drinking water.

Ensuring the right of access to essential services

It should not be forgotten that some 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity today, that every day between 2 and 4 billion people – half of the world’s population – still consume contaminated, dangerous and even deadly water every day  (UNSGAB, 2013) and that over 2.5 billion people do not have access to sanitation (JMP, 2013).

However, access to water is often dependent on access to energy for collecting, treating and distributing it to the user. Lack of access to energy sources is therefore a major obstacle to providing a water supply to isolated or off-grid populations.

Meeting the increasing demand for energy and water within a sustainable development approach

Sustainable development calls for environmental friendly energy sources and biodiversity, as well as water and sanitation services that consume less energy. Energy efficiency and sustainable water management will have a positive impact on other sectors, such as agriculture, biodiversity, risk management, sustainable cities, etc.

Dealing with the consequences of global changes and climate change

Different regions in the world suffer the effects of climate change differently, but they all have some common characteristics, such as water scarcity, lack of access to clean energy sources and vulnerability to climate change (IDRC, 2012). They are also increasingly subject to constraints caused by anthropogenic factors (land pressure, population growth, etc).

In many regions, climate change will have repercussions on the energy sector: major risks to infrastructure related to extreme climate-relative events, as forcefully demonstrated by the Fukushima disaster, changes in demand for heating and air conditioning, effects of sea levels on coastal infrastructure (IEA, 2013), etc.

 French stakeholders mobilized for improved international integration of water and energy policies

The French stakeholders involved in the French Water Partnership are working together on several actions to convince the international community to:

  • include among its priorities for the next fifteen years (the UN post-2015 Development Agenda) a “water” Goal and an “energy” Goal that are consistent with one another and which will take the respective issues in these two sectors into consideration
  • bring its water and energy sector policies into line
  • put specialized bodies in place in each water catchment area or sub-catchment area involving all the stakeholders and incorporating domestic, environmental, energy and food issues
  • develop a framework for analyzing the physical and economic interactions between water and energy, supported by scientific approaches
  • define and implement joint water and energy sector strategies to adapt and to mitigate climate change.


Joint French messages for the kick-off meeting for the 7th World Water Forum held on 14 and 15 May in Daegu-Gyeonbuk

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 :


A collective French voice at the World Water Council’s Board of Governors meeting in Seoul on 12 and 13 May

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 :


A reinforced participation of French stakeholders at the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm (1 to 7 September)

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 :


FWP members united for a Water Goal within the United Nations’ Post-2015 Agenda

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.

Contributions of the FWP for the post 2015 United Nations Agenda

@ F & R Lottin


Interview with Guy Fradin, President of the “forests, water and territories” section, CGAEER, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests, alternate Governor of the World Water Council

“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.”


FWP member news – April 2013

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:

“Votre goutte d’eau”: Solidarités International

Visit, 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.


Following the steps of the World Water Forum of Marseille : strenghtening water governance

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:

- the OECD initiative on water governance;

- 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.

Innitiative of the World Water Forum of Marseille 2012 on water governance 

Repport of the OCDE on Water Governance 


Small and medium-sized companies in the water sector are getting together and will play an active role in the FWP’s actions

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.



World Water Day: high-level meeting at The Hague for the UN’s year of international cooperation in the water field

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

@ UN Water


The framework of France’s development policy announced by the President of the Republic during the presentation of the results of the Conference on Development and International Solidarity

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.

Source: France diplomatie, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères


General Assembly of the French Water Partnership : a multi – stakeholder meeting

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).


Wishes for 2013 from the President of the French Water Partnership

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.

Henri Bégorre

President of the French Water Partnership


FWP’s working groups : a 2013 – 2015 vision

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