Advocacy

Access to water and energy in developing countries

Consider access to water and energy as a catalyst for human development

• Access to essential services represents a priority for the economic and social success of developing countries and a prerequisite for access to health, education and the independence of women.
• The implementation of solidarity procedures guarantees all poor populations connected to the network, affordable access to essential services.
• Urbanisation and the growing pressure in terms of the use of water and energy require a legal framework and adapted urban planning policies.

 

Promoting the right to access water, sanitation and energy

While water rights, constantly called for by (Re)sources, were recognised by the United Nations in 2010, these yet need to be effectively implemented by governments.
• The right to sanitation must be defined and must benefit from a specific legislation in order for it to become a reality at the international level.
• The right to electricity is a prerequisite for sustainable access to drinking water. These two fluids must be effectively managed together and usage must be moderate to protect the environment.

Working towards reinforced governance

• The issue of the access to essential services must be integrated at the highest levels, particularly by the adoption of binding legislations.
• Current policies must integrate the aggravating effects of urban growth and global warming by implementing adaptation and attenuation plans.
• Multi-operator cooperation (public authorities, service operators, financial backers, civil society, etc.) is necessary to ensure tangible progress in the field.

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