|Mismanagement of natural resources, lack of sufficient access to water and healthcare, and the absence of dialogue result in violent conflicts between populations and within nations.|
The Conflict Prevention Prize
On November 6, 2009, the Fondation Chirac awarded its first Conflict Prevention Prize to Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye for their mediation work between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Mr. Park Jae-kyu, Former Minister of Unification of the Republic of Korea, was awarded the Special Jury Prize for his efforts to promote peace in the Korean peninsula.
Access to water and sanitation
90% of the world’s population lives in countries with shared water resources. Unclean water is the leading cause of death worldwide.
- November 13, 2008: Water for Peace – Peace for Water, the international conference at UNESCO, Paris.
- March 29, 2010: In partnership with the AquaOrbi Association, a field project in Haiti was launched to treat drinking water from catchment lakes.
- April 16, 2010: In partnership with Veolia and ARP Development, a field project in Mali was launched to offer better access to safe water and sanitation to the inhabitants of Timbuktu.
- May 19, 2010: A day long meeting on: “Towards the Summit of the MDGs” was held at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Paris.
- June 2, 2010: Kick-off meeting for the 6th World Water Forum to be held in Marseilles (France) in 2012.
Access to quality medicines and healthcare
The traffic of falsified medicine has tripled in 2008 alone. In today’s pharmaceutical market, 10% of all drugs sold worldwide is falsified. The figure reaches nearly 30% in developing countries.
- February 2009: The corner stone was laid for the extension of the National Drug Quality Control Laboratory
- October 12, 2009: The Cotonou Declaration and the launch of the international mobilizing campaign to fight against falsified medicines.
- May 16, 2010: Participation at the 10th meeting between health authorities of Francophone countries and pharmaceutical companies in Geneva.
- June 1, 2010: The Cotonou Declaration totals 38 signatories.
- June 24, 2010: Participation in the General Assembly of the World Customs Organization in Brussels.
Fighting deforestation and desertification
Half of the planet’s human population lives in rural areas. Soil fertility and access to natural resources are the base of their survival. 13 million hectares of tropical forest disappear every year.
- May 2009: First training session at the Center of Social Excellence in the Congo Basin.
- June 2009: Inauguration of Biso na Biso, the community radio in Pokola, Republic of Congo.
- July 6, 2009: Progress report for the Fight against Deforestation and Desertification at the Musée du Quai Branly. 700,000 hectares of tropical forests are FSC-certified.
- April 6, 2010: Raising awareness on issues of land security amongst parliamentarians of Francophone Africa: Yaoundé, Cameroon.
- May 19, 2010: Creation in Paris of a partnership with the Conseil Supérieur de Notariat to ensure land rights in fragile countries.
Defending cultural diversity
According to UNESCO, a language dies on average every two days. Over 90% of Internet content is written in only 12 languages.
- June 9, 2008: The first Sorosoro Encounters at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.
- January, February and May 2009: Film shoot of endangered languages in Gabon and Guatemala for the Sorosoro project.
- October 6, 2009: Sorosoro Progress Report at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. Launch of the website: www.sorosoro.org.
- March 2010:
– Film shoot in Senegal for the Sorosoro project.
– Prospective mission in India. New partnerships could lead to implanting Sorosoro in the region.