Some 2.4 billion people worldwide lack basic sanitary facilities and 1.8 billion use a water source contaminated by fecal matter. These figures are alarming.
Access to toilets is central to the sixth sustainable development goal on water and sanitation for the 2030 Agenda. For the past 10 years, these efforts have essentially focused on access to drinkable water, but much remains to be done on sanitation.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is working to make access to drinkable, healthy, clean, accessible, and affordable water widespread, along with sanitation for all – an effort to strengthen world governance on water and ensure the right to drinking water and sanitation, recognized in 2010 by the UN General Assembly as a fundamental right.
At the behest of the Ministry, in 2016 the French Development Agency approved €1.2 billion in funding for the water sector in foreign countries and €52 million for Overseas France, an increase of 30% compared with 2015. One-third of these commitments is dedicated to sanitation. At the same time, there are more than 260 decentralized cooperation projects in French local jurisdictions dedicated to the water sector and waste worldwide.