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"More than 2 billion people in the world do not have satisfactory access to drinking water"


INTERVIEW - Gérard Payen, former water adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations from 2004 to 2015, decrypts the main issues of the summit on fresh water which opens on Wednesday at the UN.



- Why has there not been a

World Water Summit

at the United Nations since 1977


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Gerard PAYEN.


In the United Nations, there are about thirty agencies, such as the WHO (World Health Organization), the FAO for agriculture or the WMO (World Meteorological Organization), which are interested in water , but each under a different facet.

The vision of water and responsibilities are fragmented.

Even in France, many ministries are interested in water, such as those of Ecological Transition, Health, Agriculture or Energy Transition.

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In 2010, there was a first step taken by the United Nations for access to drinking water and sanitation by recognizing them as human rights.

But it was not until 2015 that a real water revolution was enacted by the United Nations General Assembly: the question of "fresh water", which represents volumes used ten times greater than those of drinking water, was…

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