Programs, actions & initiatives
The Fondation Chirac, through the projects it chooses to support, seeks to encourage the exchange of ideas, techniques and values and to contribute to weaving an ever-broader web of knowledge and practices that will spontaneously lead to sustainable development.
Faced with global challenges, these projects will aim to bring elements of answers and adaptable or repeatable solutions in keeping with the diversity of the situations encountered.
A year of conflict ruins the benefits of 10 years of peace. No fragile, low income, or conflict afflicted country has reached a single Millennium Development Goal. Social, environmental, economic, cultural... there are many factors of tension between States or between people and certain fragile countries accumulate several of them. The Fondation Chirac supports projects that address the dynamics of conflict and that help gain a better understanding of them.
Without adequate supplies of fresh water there is neither life, nor health, nor agriculture or food. The food crises we are currently facing provide the sad but irrefutable proof of this in countries suffering from prolonged drought or massive flooding. Therefore, the Fondation will support a plan to strengthen systems and infrastructure that ensure sustainable access to fresh water and water purification in rural areas.
The issue of access to medicines poses enormous challenges to security. Pandemics of diseases, both old and new, threaten the survival of entire societies when preventive treatments and cures are not available at affordable costs to the greatest number and when the access to quality medicine is not guaranteed for all. Therefore, the Fondation will support actions aiming to ensure access to certified medicines.
Deforestation and desertification can be largely explained by the necessary extension of areas brought into cultivation to feed the inexorable increase in population. (…) Therefore, the Fondation will support actions aiming to counter deforestation and desertification, in an effort to promote the logic of sustainable resource management and the creation of income for local populations – the only logical approach able to reconcile otherwise contradictory objectives.
Today, the instability of our economic and ecological model most assuredly influences declining cultural heritage. When what a culture brings to the universal experience of mankind is negated, violence is never far off. Thus, the struggle to defend diversity is also a struggle for peace.Therefore, the inondation will make the issue of safeguarding languages and cultures threatened with extinction atop priority.