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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - December 1, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

NATO – Harlem Désir’s participation in the ministerial meeting in Brussels (December 1 to 2, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will take part in the NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers’ meeting on December 1 in Brussels.

This meeting is an important step in preparing for the next NATO summit, which is due to take place in Warsaw from July 8 to 9, 2016.

The member countries will notably discuss the work under way to adapt NATO to the new security challenges, strategic relations with Russia and engagement in Afghanistan. As envisaged at the summit in Wales from September 4 to 5, 2014, they will review the progress made by the NATO candidate countries, including Montenegro.


World AIDS Day (December 1, 2015)

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, France expresses its solidarity with the 37 million people around the world living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

France is the second largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and has helped 8.1 million people benefit from antiretroviral therapy. We are the leading contributor to UNITAID which contributes to this progress by accelerating the availability of more appropriate and less costly solutions for preventing, diagnosing and combatting the infection. In France itself, we make PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) available to individuals at very high risk of contracting HIV – which constitutes an unprecedented step in Europe.

Within the multilateral forums, France supports an approach that is attentive to the needs of key populations, notably within the framework of the 2016-2021 UNAIDS strategy which strives to focus its actions as much as possible on the territories and populations that are most at risk. Through the “5% Initiative” and Global Fund grants, France provides €7 million in aid to support innovative projects focusing on prevention, screening, treatment for young people and efforts to combat stigma in French-speaking countries.


Democratic Republic of Congo – Deadly attack in North Kivu (November 30, 2015)

France condemns the attack carried out in the area around Eringeti (North Kivu) on November 30, which caused numerous civilian and military casualties, including a peacekeeper serving with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families as well as to the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi, the country of origin of the peacekeeper who was killed. The perpetrators of this attack must be brought to justice.

This tragedy, which follows a series of deadly attacks in the region of Beni, underscores the urgent need for resolute and coordinated action by the Congolese army and MONUSCO to restore security in the Kivus. We pay tribute to the commitment of MONUSCO’s blue helmets to peacekeeping, the protection of civilians and the fight against armed groups in this region.


Climate – Photography exhibit at Gare Saint-Lazare (Paris - November 27-December 31, 2015)

To raise public awareness of the urgent need to take action, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is presenting a photography exhibit and a series of four web documentaries at the Gare Saint-Lazare in partnership with SNCF subsidiary Gares et Connexions.

The work on display, created by Quai d’Orsay photographer Frédéric de la Mure, focuses on four areas particularly affected by climate disruption: the Netherlands; Ny-Ålesund, the world’s most northerly scientific base, in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago; the Maldives and its 1,200 islands, 80% of which are located less than a meter above sea level; and Bangladesh, whose land is exposed to both early river floods, cyclones, and rising sea levels.

The exhibit is open to the public through December 31 in the train station’s Great Hall. The web documentaries may be viewed at

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