Paris becomes a “Blue Community”

Paris has been rewarded for its efforts towards the protection of water as a public good

Paris decided to celebrate the World Water Day, on the 22nd of March, by becoming the first large European city to be recognised as a “Blue Community”. The Blue Communities initiative calls on cities and other organisations to recognise the human right to water, prevent the sale of bottled water in public facilities and public events and promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste-water services.

This recognition is in line with the city of Paris and Eau de Paris’ efforts to establish social pricing for low-income households.

Celia Blauel, the deputy mayor of Paris, was awarded the certificate by the Council of Canadians’ National Chairperson Maude Barlow, who congratulated Paris for taking this bold step to protect water as a public good.

The “Blue Communities” movement, which was launched in Canada by the Council of Canadians, is a well-known social justice movement that counts 18 Blue Communities in Canada and is now gaining a foothold abroad (outside Canada, Paris is the third city to join after Bern, Switzerland, and Cambuquira, Brazil).

Read the press release of the city of Paris here (in French).

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