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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 27, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) – Réunion selected to host the organization’s secretariat (March 20, 2015)

France welcomes the selection of Réunion by the parties to the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) to host its secretariat and thanks its partners for their trust.

This regional fisheries management organization brings together France, the EU, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Australia, the Cook Islands, South Korea and Japan. It coordinates, in keeping with sustainable development principles, non-tuna fishing activities in a high seas area of 30 million km².

The selection of Réunion, endorsed by all contracting parties, strengthens its role and visibility in its regional environment.


Climate – 12th International Weather and Climate Forum (Paris, March 28 to 31)

At the invitation of Mr. Laurent Fabius, 84 weather presenters from all over the world will be received at the Quai d’Orsay on Saturday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. by Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony.

This meeting, in advance of the 12th International Weather and Climate Forum organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will help prepare for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference – COP21 at the end of the year.

With the support of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the French Meteorological Society, French and foreign weather presenters, who are especially involved in raising public awareness, will be able to discuss the scientific issues at stake at the conference. Representatives from WMO and IPCC will also participate in the meeting at the Quai d’Orsay.

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Climate - Publication of Norway’s contribution to COP21 – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and COP21 President (March 27, 2015)

I welcome the publication by Norway of its national contribution to COP21, which sets a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% compared to 1990 levels by 2030.

Following those made by Switzerland and the EU, this announcement confirms the commitment of European countries to the fight against climate disruption.

I call on all countries, especially developed countries, to submit, as soon as possible, their contributions reflecting the efforts they believe they will be able to make with respect to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, and, if applicable, with respect to adaptation, in accordance with the decision taken at COP19 in Warsaw and confirmed at COP20 in Lima.

Indeed, these contributions are critical to the success of COP21.


Climate – Climate finance in developing countries (Paris, March 31, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will participate in the closing session of the “Climate Finance Forum: Sharing solutions in developing countries,” together with Mr. Michel Sapin, Minister of Finance and Public Accounts, on Tuesday, March 31.

This forum, organized by the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) will bring together financial actors – public as well as private, national and international, and from the North as well as the South – involved in development financing and the fight against climate disruption. The IDFC is a network of 22 development banks from all over the world, including the French Development Agency, which invested €80 billion in the fight against climate change in 2013.

In the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, this forum is aimed at mobilizing international finance in support of the fight against climate disruption. It will bring together a broad coalition of financial actors with the aim of focusing on three objectives: defining common methodologies to quantify climate financing; increasing public funding; strengthening the multiplier effect of public investment on private actors involved in financing.

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Security Council open debate on the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East (March 27, 2015)

Today in New York, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will chair a UN Security Council debate on the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East.

The minister will call for the urgent mobilization of the international community in the face of the systematic persecution of Eastern Christians and other minorities by terrorist groups.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, as well as religious and civil society representatives, will take part in the opening session of this debate, in which all UN member states will be able to participate.

The goal of the meeting is to propose, under the auspices of the United Nations, a charter for action on putting an end to Daesh’s actions to eradicate and slaughter populations and to preserve diversity in the Middle East.


European Union – Visit by Harlem Désir to the European Power Exchange (Paris, March 30)

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European affairs minister Harlem Désir will visit the Paris headquarters of EPEX SPOT, the European Power Exchange. The European Council of March 19-20 was devoted to building a true European Energy Union, so this visit will serve to take stock of French and European positions and discuss current legislative efforts on the subject.

EPEX SPOT was born of the 2008 merger of the French and German power markets. It is an example of particularly close cooperation between France and Germany in the area of energy, and is helping to bring about the creation of a domestic energy market by strengthening the integration of the power sector in Europe.

After a visit to the trading floor, Mr. Désir will speak with the French-German energy cooperation teams.


Kazakhstan – Visit to Astana by Laurent Fabius and his German Counterpart (March 30)

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Laurent Fabius will visit Astana with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, his German counterpart. They will co-chair the first joint regional conference of ambassadors of France and Germany.

This meeting will bring together some 20 ambassadors. It will also be attended by Peter Burian, the EU’s special representative for Central Asia, as well as representatives of the EU’s Latvian presidency and the European External Action Service.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Steinmeier will meet with Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev and the country’s foreign minister, Yerlan Idrissov.

They will then leave together for Berlin, where they will attend the Council of Franco-German Ministers on March 31.


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