Technical and scientific cooperation in water and sanitation

BUDAPEST, November 2013 – SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, the FONDS SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT INITIATIVES and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education have signed an agreement to renew their cooperation in education and research in Water and Sanitation for the benefit of developing countries.

The official signing took place at the Budapest Water Summit held 8-11 October in Budapest, Hungary. Thierry Mallet, Executive Vice President Innovation and Business Performance for SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, Bernard Guirkinger, Vice-President of the FONDS SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT INITIATIVES and Professor Andras Szollosi-Nagy, Rector of IHE Delft, represented the parties at the signing.
20 scholarships for online courses in 2013
The FONDS SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT INITIATIVES has provided twenty online scholarships to students from developing countries for the 2013 academic year. The scholarships are for online courses in public and private partnerships (PPP), policy management in developing countries, urban drainage and sewerage, and solid waste management. 
The partnership will also focus on supporting the MSc programme in Water Management, involving SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT experts as guest lecturers in the areas of Public-Private Partnership, Health/Security and Ethics/Sustainable Development. Collaboration in the organization of fieldtrips within the educational programmes as well as opportunities to undertake joint research and innovation projects will also be explored.
A mutually beneficial agreement
The signing ceremony was a unique opportunity for the parties to reiterate their readiness to extend their cooperation, that dates back to 2003, through mutually beneficial activities aiming at developing new knowledge, sharing experiences and disseminating knowledge and skills for the benefit of the parties, clients and the international community.
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, the FONDS SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT INITIATIVES and IHE Delft are joining forces to advance the scientific and human resources development activities, by encouraging direct and closer cooperation in the technical and scientific fields related to water and sanitation. "This partnership is an excellent example of effective cooperation between the private sector and the United Nations system", said Rector, Professor Szollosi-Nagy.
Thierry Mallet from SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT added: “We are proud to confirm and enrich our long-term cooperation with IHE Delft in capacity building for water management, thus contributing to achieve effective governance of water resources in developing countries” 
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  • Ms. Alida Pham, IHE Delft Communications Office Manager, tel.: +31 6 12974079, E-mail:
Natural resources are not infinite. Every day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries are committed to meeting the challenge of protecting resources, by bringing innovative solutions to millions of people and to the world of industry. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 97 million people; wastewater services to 66 million people and provides waste collection services for 50 million people. With 79,549 employees, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management businesses and with a presence on five continents. In 2012, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT generated revenues of 15.1 billion euros.
On 1 January 2011, the FONDS SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT INITIATIVES took over from the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT – Water for All Foundation. Its aims:
  • To develop access to essential services for disadvantaged people in developing countries by supporting projects led by international solidarity organizations;
  • To promote integration through employment and training, in France
  • To strengthen skills
  • To respond to emergencies by continuing to support Aquassistance, an international solidarity organisation well-known for its development and emergency projects. 
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