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8 september 2014

The Veolia Foundation signs a partnership with the French government to strengthen humanitarian aid

On August 27th, the Veolia Foundation and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a partnership agreement aimed at responding more effectively to humanitarian emergencies.

La fondation Veolia signe un partenariat avec l'Etat français pour renforcer l'aide humanitaire
Through this association with the private sector, the French government is structuring more informal links already in place for several years. The agreement will enable it to take advantage of the equipment and expertise made available by companies, whose contribution has become an important dimension of humanitarian aid.

Other signatories of this partnership include the corporate foundations of EDF, Terre plurielle (Bouygues Construction), Airbus Hélicoptères, the Nutriset group (world leader in prevention of malnutrition) and Lafarge.

By way of example, France recently airlifted 20 metric tons of humanitarian aid equipment to Iraqi Kurdistan for storage and distribution of potable water (reservoirs and distribution ramps), including 12.5 metric tons provided by the Veolia Foundation.

The French Red Cross, an historic partner to the Foundation for humanitarian emergencies and present in Kurdistan to support displaced Iraqis, took charge of the equipment delivered. In the last two months, a succession of Veolia Foundation volunteers have travelled to the area to assist the Red Cross teams with assembly and installation of this equipment, which will provide potable water for 50,000 people.

 

A succession of Veolia Foundation volunteers have travelled to the area to assist the Red Cross teams in Iraqi Kurdistan. Read the testimony of your volunteer.

 

The signing ceremony (in French)