Access to drinking water and sanitation addresses the vital needs of populations. Quality access has extremely positive consequences on public health, gender equality, the elimination of poverty and malnutrition.
This is why France has campaigned for the United Nations to recognise access to drinking water and sanitation as a human right. France is also behind internationally recognized concepts such as the integrated water resource management model, a tool now included in the sustainable development goal for water (SDG 6) of the 2030 Agenda. This objective covers both universal access to water and sanitation services and sustainable resource management.
Given the need to adapt France’s objectives to changes in the global context, in particular demographics, urbanization and climate change, its Water and Sanitation Strategy (2005-2015) has been overhauled.
France’s International Strategy for Water and Sanitation (2020-2030) is a reference framework for all water-sector stakeholders and is the result of an inclusive, participatory approach involving all French stakeholders in the sector. This multidisciplinary Strategy focuses on three priorities: improving water and sanitation governance at different levels; strengthening supply security in the context of climate change and increasing usage conflicts; and strengthening the tools and methods used in the sector.