Press release (24/02/17) – 22 February 2017, republican and centrist senators in France succeeded in their obstruction by completely unravelling the bill on the effective implementation of the Human right to drinking water and sanitation, voted by the French parliament in June 2016 and approved by the French Commission on territorial planning and sustainable development on 16 June last year. Our organisations, Coalition Eau*, France Libertés and Coordination Eau Ile-de-France, which initiated the text, condemn the methodical demolition of each article of the text (…).
With this vote to obstruct, France has missed a historic step to make the human right to water and sanitation effective, a right it recognised at the United Nations in 2010 and that many countries, such as Slovenia, Burkina Faso and South Africa, have already included in their national legislation or constitution. Our organisations will remain mobilised in the field to advance this cause, and we expect our future President of France and deputies elected in 2017 to put this priority subject back on the political agenda. France, which is the 5th largest economic power in the world, must comply with its international commitments and respond to the social emergency of access to drinking water and sanitation for all.
* Coalition Eau is a group of 30 French NGOs – including GRET – working to promote sustainable access to drinking water and sanitation for all, while preserving water resources.