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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, October 8, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

Climate – Statement by the minister of foreign affairs and international development on the OECD report on climate financing (October 8, 2015)

I welcome the publication by the OECD of the report on climate financing. This report, which was commissioned by the Peruvian presidency and the French presidency of COP21, provides, for the first time since 2009, a detailed assessment of progress with respect to the commitment of countries of the North to mobilize $100 billion by 2020 in support of climate.

These estimates demonstrate that considerable progress has been made, thanks to the mobilization of almost $62 billion in 2014. We must mobilize our efforts to provide the remaining $40 billion. I would like the meeting in Lima on climate financing, which I will attend tomorrow, to provide an opportunity to secure new ambitious commitments, notably on the part of the multilateral development banks.


Climate – Americas – Visit by Laurent Fabius to Peru and Bolivia (October 9 to 10, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, who will chair the Paris Climate Conference, will attend a conference in Lima on October 9, together with Michel Sapin, on climate financing during the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He will notably be accompanied by Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony.

He will notably meet with President Ollanta Humala, Peruvian Minister for the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, COP20 President, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. He will hold a joint press conference together with Michel Sapin.

On October 10 in Cochabamba in Bolivia, the minister will attend the “Peoples Summit on Climate Change and the Defense of Life,” during which he will take part in a debate on climate disruption with civil society representatives. Laurent Fabius will work on preparing for the Paris Climate Conference and on strengthening our bilateral relations together with President Evo Morales and David Choquehuanca, Bolivian Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Armenia – Francophonie - Harlem Désir’s visit to Yerevan (October 8 to 11, 2015)

Harlem Désir will represent France at the 31st session of the Ministerial Conference of la Francophonie, which will take place from October 8 to 11 in Yerevan. At the conference, he will reaffirm France’s attachment to the values of Francophonie, as well as the need for francophone countries to resolutely commit themselves to addressing global challenges, such as the refugee crisis and the fight against climate disruption.

On this occasion, he will be received by President Serge Sarkisian and will meet with Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edward Nalbandian. He will work with his interlocutors on cooperation between the EU and Armenia, as well as the development of our bilateral relations.

Harlem Désir will meet with students and alumni of the French University in Armenia as well as representatives of French firms and members of civil society. He will receive the French community of Armenia at the Embassy of France.


World Day Against the Death Penalty – Event involving Robert Badinter at the Quai d’Orsay (October 9 to 10, 2015)

In the run-up to the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10, Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will host on October 9, alongside Robert Badinter, an exchange of experience and testimonies with lawyers and individuals involved in the fight against the death penalty. During the event, the prize in the international Francophone Moot Court Competition in which competitors present arguments against the death penalty, organized in partnership with the International Organization of la Francophonie, the Ensemble contre la peine de mort [Together Against the Death Penalty] association, the National Bar Council of France and the International Conference of Bar Associations Sharing a Legal Tradition, will be presented. Eleven young lawyers from the French-speaking world will take part in the final. Numerous events will also be hosted by our embassies, in association with our European partners.

France reaffirms its resolute commitment to the universal abolition of this cruel and inhuman punishment. The entire French diplomatic network is mobilized within the United Nations and multilateral forums. We pay tribute to the continuous efforts of human rights activists, lawyers, NGOs and individuals committed to the universal abolition of the death penalty.


Health – Telethon – Mobilization of French nationals abroad (October 8, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will launch, on October 8 at 7:00 pm at the Quai d’Orsay, the official campaign to mobilize French nationals abroad in support of the 2015 Telethon.

For the third year in a row, French nationals living outside of France will be able to show their solidarity during this event in support of the fight against rare diseases. As in 2013 and 2014, events and appeals for donations will be held abroad on December 4 and 5 in order to raise funds for research.

Last year, more than 19 countries and 27 cities took part in the campaign, helping to raise more than €270,000.

The Agency for French Education Abroad, the Mission Laïque Française [French Secular Mission], the caisse des Français à l’étranger [Social Security Fund for French Citizens Abroad] as well as the Français du monde-ADFE (French Citizens of the World – Democratic Association of French Nationals Abroad) associations, the Union of French Nationals Abroad and Femmexpat will renew their partnership in support of this initiative.


Iraq – Mass executions by Daesh (Oct. 7)

France condemns the mass execution of 70 people by Daesh in Anbar province on October 7.

We offer our condolences to the victims’ families. These crimes may be considered war crimes and crimes against humanity. Those responsible must be held accountable.

By acting against Daesh, the international coalition stands shoulder to shoulder with all those who are fighting, in Iraq and Syria, for the respect of their most basic rights.


Central African Republic – Attack on MINUSCA (Oct. 6)

France condemns the attack on a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which killed one Burundian peacekeeper and injured another on October 6.

We offer our condolences to the victim’s family and to the Burundian authorities. The perpetrators of this attack must be identified and brought to justice.

France emphasizes that it is prepared to support the Security Council’s adoption of sanctions against those who threaten peace and stability in the Central African Republic and who stand in the way of the political transition process, which should lead to a referendum on the Constitution and presidential and legislative elections by the end of 2015.

We reiterate our full support for MINUSCA’s efforts in support of peace, stability and the protection of civilians, as well as the efforts of the Central African authorities. Laurent Fabius spoke by phone today with Catherine Samba-Panza, the interim head of state, to review the situation


European Union – High-level conference on the Balkans (Oct. 8)

A high-level conference will be held on October 8 in Brussels on the refugees and migrants who are crossing the Balkans on their way to European Union countries.

It will include the member states, the countries of the Schengen area, the countries of the Western Balkans, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, as well as the European Commission and concerned European agencies (Europol, Frontex, and EASO, for support on asylum matters). The International Organization for Migration, the High Commissioner for Refugees, and the World Food Programme will also be represented.

This conference will focus on the following topics:

- support for countries of first asylum to keep the refugee situation from deteriorating
- operational support for the Balkan countries, particularly as winter approaches
- cooperative efforts to combat the trafficking of migrants by organized crime networks in the Balkans and countries of first asylum.


Health – HIV treatment – New recommendations by the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has just published its latest recommendations on the prevention and treatment of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It now advises that all those infected begin anti-HIV treatment as soon as it the virus is diagnosed. It also advises particularly at-risk populations to take antiretroviral medications on a preventive basis.

These new recommendations stem from French research and results published by the National AIDS and Hepatitis Research Agency.

The number of people worldwide taking antiretroviral medications would increase from 28 to 37 million. France will do its part to assist with this effort. Our national contributions to UNITAID and to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will help support the implementation of these recommendations in developing countries. UNITAID, which counts France as its largest contributor, anticipated the necessary support for implementing these recommendations by launching two calls for proposals on these subjects this past June.


Heritage – Rendez-vous de l’histoire in Blois (Oct. 8-11)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is participating in the 18th Rendez-vous de l’histoire festival in Blois from October 8 to 11. This year’s theme is “Empires.”

The Ministry will moderate a round table featuring Helène Carrère d’Encausse, historians, and diplomats. It will also have a stand at the history book fair, and will present a collection of diplomatic documents on the year 1941 that were just published by André Kaspi.

At the behest of Laurent Fabius, the Ministry will also continue its policy of making diplomatic documents available to the public at large, an initiative supported by Laurent Fabius.


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