Francophonie Summit: a Swiss stand dedicated to water, peace and security

Article, 25.11.2016

The 16th Francophonie Summit is taking place in Madagascar on 26 and 27 November. To mark the occasion a Francophonie Village has been set up, where Switzerland is representing itself with a stand dedicated to water, peace and security. Visitors can discover what Switzerland is doing to promote water as an instrument of cooperation and peace in this interactive arena.

The Francophonie Summit brings together the heads of state and government of French-speaking countries every two years. This year the summit is taking place in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, under the theme 'Shared growth and responsible development – conditions for stability in the French-speaking world and around the globe'. To mark the occasion, a Francophonie Village has been set up housing various pavilions on more than 2.5 hectares.

Switzerland has chosen to focus on water, peace and security for its stand – a topic that it is particularly concerned about. For almost ten years, Switzerland has been working actively to promote water as an instrument of cooperation and peace. In November 2015 in Geneva, it launched the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, which brings together independent experts from 15 countries to develop proposals to strengthen the prevention and resolution of water-related conflicts.

Joint resolution

The topic is also a focus of the 16th Summit in Antananarivo, with Switzerland, France and Senegal presenting a joint resolution on water, peace and security. The resolution recalls the existence of the United Nations Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace and the international legal mechanisms in place, urging members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie to promote water as an instrument of cooperation and peace within domestic and global policies.

Visitors to the Swiss stand will be able to take a look at Switzerland's efforts in the water sector and a detailed presentation of its activities in Madagascar carried out by the SDC's Swiss partners. The innovative stand has an interactive approach based largely on using multimedia. The documentary materials available can, for example, be accessed electronically using a specially created QR code.