World Water Day (March 22, 2013)
France joins in celebrating World Water Day on March 22, within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation, coordinated by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and launched on February 11, 2013, in Paris.
Water is central to sustainable development and the fight against poverty. That’s why France has made it a key priority of its international cooperation efforts. Thanks in particular to France’s action, the UN recognized access to drinking water and sanitation as a human right in July 2010.
In 10 years France has doubled its official assistance in this area. It amounts to €600 million per year for the period 2010-2015, making our country the third leading bilateral donor for this type of action.
For example, the French Development Agency (AFD), the leading French operator, supports the state-controlled water supply company in Port-au-Prince, making it possible to provide sufficient good quality water, at an affordable price, to 500,000 people in 37 districts.
Sub-Saharan Africa, where 40% of the 783 million people who still don’t have access to drinking water live, is a priority of our action. France has therefore pledged €40 million to help rebuild the fund to support the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative.