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France PM calls for ‘concrete solutions’ as global forum on water opens in France

The 6th World Water Forum opened yesterday in Marseille, France with Francois Fillon, the Prime Minister of the host government-France imploring participants to evolve concrete solutions and actions that will “write a new chapter in the history of water.

 “The challenges are huge and the problems are deep-rooted,” French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said as he opened the sixth World Water Forum in the southern city of Marseille.

“The number of human beings who have no access to clean water is in the billions. Each year, we mourn millions of dead from the health risks that this causes. This situation is not acceptable — the world community must rise and tackle it.”

Underlying the importance of access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, Fillon noted that: Water obeys to the same principles as freedoms: what use is the right of voting if we do not have the right to live.  And the right to live, it s first and foremost the right to have access to water”

The World Water Forum, held every three years, gathers policymakers, corporations and NGOs.

As many as 20,000 participants from 140 countries are expected for the six-day event, including scores of ministers for the environment and water from developing countries and several heads of state from francophone Africa.

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