Emergency humanitarian aid: signature of an agreement between the Fondation SUEZ, Aquassistance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On December 19th, Jean-Louis Chaussade, General Director of SUEZ, Charles Chaumin, President of Aquassistance, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, signed a partnership agreement on humanitarian operations led by the Ministry's "Crisis and Support Center". This agreement is signed between the Fondation SUEZ, Aquassistance and the Ministry.
Since 2008, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has set up a crisis management tool, the "Crisis and Support Center". This Center is responsible for the monitoring, anticipation, alert and crisis management taking place abroad and requiring either a reaction to an event threatening the safety of French nationals abroad, or an emergency humanitarian action.
It coordinates state action for emergency humanitarian assistance and stabilization support decided by the Government. In this context, it ensures relations with other actors in international humanitarian aid and the mobilization of partnerships with civil society, local authorities and businesses.
Strengthening ties to optimize relief operations
During a humanitarian crisis and upon the request of a State, an NGO or an international institution directed at the French State, the Fondation SUEZ and Aquassistance will provide their support, through the intervention of experts of water, sanitation and waste management, provision of equipment and competent teams for on-site implementation, and training of local users.
For many years, Aquassistance has intervened at the request of the Ministry during major crises. The partnership signed on December 19th reinforces the ties of the Foundation, the NGO of the Group's employees with the Crisis Center.
The Fondation SUEZ and Aquassistance engaged to support fragile populations
As part of SUEZ's solidarity commitment, the Fondation SUEZ supports concrete actions to sustainably increase access to essential services (water, sanitation and waste management) for disadvantaged populations in developing countries, by supporting projects led by international solidarity organizations as well as to foster the integration of vulnerable people through employment and training in France. Its action is part of the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Foundation also responds to emergenies, in support of Aquassistance or other NGOs. The Foundation recently supported the NGO Friendship with the arrival of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh, or in Somalia, with ACTED.
Aquassistance is the international solidarity association of active and retired employees of the SUEZ Group. It supports vulnerable populations with access to water, sanitation and waste management. It intervenes on development aid projects by providing its partners with its expertise in the fields of water, sanitation or waste (project management, consulting, training ...). It also intervenes in emergency humanitarian aid, to provide drinking water to the affected populations or refugee camps following a natural disaster or displacement, through the installation and operation of mobile treatment units for water. Recognized as a public authority, it conducts nearly 80 projects in 22 countries, drawing on the skills of SUEZ Group's volunteer employees.