|On November 8, the Institut de France and the Suez Environment Foundation – Water for All, with the support of the Fondation Chirac, are organizing a conference on managing access to water and sanitation worldwide.Download the Newsletter here (pdf) |
The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals progress report confirms delays in terms of the 2015 deadline. Results are poor drinking water and dramatically insufficient in terms of sanitation.
It is clear that in many countries, the “demand for water” is not strong enough to become a priority compared to more attractive areas (transportation, mobile phones).
The past fifteen years of international commitment have been insufficient to shake the indifference or dispel ideological preconceptions or assumptions that still cloud the water issue.
It is time to focus our efforts on implementing practical solutions. The gap between the achievements of different countries provides an answer, some have achieved remarkable results (Colombia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Senegal, and Morocco), even though they are not the richest nor in the best positions in terms of water resources. Others (Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Angola) have shown little progress with no obvious reason why. The same gap appears between cities that have taken control of their water issues (Phnom Penh, Dakar, ouagadougou) and the others…
Access to water progresses when relations between actors (local authorities, NGOs, traders…) are clear; when skills are available, where there is trust.
We must therefore study the conditions needed to succeed.
This conference wished first to give voice to leaders who have demonstrated their sense of method and organization. It aims to go further and help mobilize the international water community to go beyond discussions of principle and demand results.
Managing Director of the Fondation Chirac Program for Access to Clean Water and Sanitation
|LES PRINCIPAUX INTERVENANTS DU COLLOQUE|
En Haïti, les habitants de Hinche-Pandiassou bénéficient de la première usine de potabilisation de l’eau des lacs artificiels
In Haiti, the first phase of the water treatment program of the Pandiassou lake hill has just ended. A drinking water treatment unit has been started, providing urgently needed, clean drinking water for the inhabitants of Hinche-Pandisaaou, including refugees from the January 12 earthquake and the health and nutrition centers…
This first step has also allowed a Haitian engineer to train in France and Haiti to run ultrafiltration treatment plants and to implement them within a complete hydraulic system. Finally, the technical choice of treatment methods for lake water and its suitability to local conditions has been validated.
The plant can supply 50,000 liters of drinking water per day, enough to cover the needs of over 5,000 inhabitants. This is the first unit capable of treating lake water in Haiti. One of the first individuals to drink the water was Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Finance and former French Minister of Agriculture, who was on a visit to Pandiassou on July 29 alongside the European Union’s representative in Haiti. He expressed his support for this project (Listen to Michel Barnier ‘Why I Support Franklin Armand’ (in French)), adding his voice to those of René Préval, President of the Republic of Haiti, and Didier Le Bret, the Ambassador of France in Haiti, who has supported the project from the start.
This first step leads the way and it is now time to choose the Ultrafiltration plant that will then be built in Haiti. The goal is to build over a hundred and install them on the hillside lakes created by the Brotherhood of the Incarnation, thereby providing tens of thousand of people with safe, drinking water.