Essential Services

Focusing on access to clean water, sanitation and water hygiene, solid urban waste management and access to energy, the Essential Services Working Group questions the very concept of access to essential services. This concept is not limited to technological aspects alone, but also raises questions about broader issues of governance and social inclusion, taking into account local, national and even international economic contexts, public and private policy strategies, or training and innovation. This working group has thus chosen to give priority to access to essential services for local actors and residents, a source of a more inclusive and sustainable city.


Define the role of each level of governance for the effective implementation and management of services.

Plan the implementation of essential services so that they meet the needs and means of the local population.

Ensure universal and equitable access to quality essential services, including the entire population, regardless of gender, age or social origins.

Raise awareness and train stakeholders in the establishment of essential service networks.

Consider the development of essential services as an innovative means for the creation of new economic activities.

Rely on cooperation at multiple scales.