Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - November 25, 2015)
• United Nations – Adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution on the protection of journalists (November 24, 2015)
• United Nations – Presentation of UNCTAD’s 25 Least Advanced Countries Report (November 25, 2015)
• Heritage / Quai d’Orsay – Publication of Dans les Archives secrètes du Quai d’Orsay (November 26, 2015)
Today, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, France is mobilized to put an end to all forms of violence against women and girls. At least 35% of women and girls around the world are affected by violence and up to 70% in some countries. The report published by the G7 on November 25 on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict highlights the seriousness of the situation.
We call on all states to ratify and implement the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which notably targets crimes committed in the name of so-called honor.
France underscores the importance of the mobilization of the international community and the UN since the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995. It takes action to ensure that the commitments made within the UN are fully implemented, particularly those aimed at preventing and punishing violence against women and girls in armed conflict, especially with regard to the atrocities committed by Daesh.
France welcomes the adoption by consensus by the UN Assembly General of a resolution on the protection of journalists and the fight against impunity.
The text, which was notably presented by France and supported by 82 other countries, strengthens the protection of journalists, including within the framework of the fight against terrorism and during demonstrations and also extends the scope of this protection to include other media professionals.
France reaffirms its commitment to promoting and protecting the freedom of expression and its corollary, the freedom of the press.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCDAD) presented the 2015 edition of its Least Advanced Countries Report to diplomats and the press today at the Quai d’Orsay. The report is called "Transforming Rural Economies."
It takes stock of the aid and development operations carried out for these countries and progress made, with a view to implementing the 2050 Agenda and sustainable development goals.
We applaud the caliber of the work conducted by UNCTAD, which plays a leading role in helping the least developed countries. Support for these countries is a priority for France, which devoted 29% (i.e., 2.4 billion euros) of its public development assistance to it in 2013. The European Union has undertaken a collective commitment to allocate 0.15% of its gross national income in the short term to the least developed countries, and 0.20% by 2030.
France shares UNCTAD’s analysis of the importance of transforming rural economies. We are contributing to this effort by working to improve food security in the least developed countries.
To mark the publication of the book Dans les Archives secrètes du Quai d’Orsay ("In the Quai d’Orsay’s Secret Archives") (Editions l’Iconoclaste) published under the supervision of Emmanuel de Waresquiel, on November 26 the Diplomatic Archives is presenting to the press some 30 original documents with comments from curators and diplomatic historians.
Selected from among the very rich archives and collections of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, these exceptional pieces are emblematic of France’s history and foreign policy and of France’s presence abroad.
The book offers a journey through five centuries of history, from the age of great discoveries (Christopher Columbus’s records) to the end of the Cold War (diplomatic telegram on the fall of the Berlin War). It presents a number of treaties and major documents from French history (Richelieu’s will, the Final Act of the 1815 Congress of Vienna, the 1940 armistice), letters by writers who became diplomats (Voltaire, Beaumarchais), and very rare writings such as Louis XIII’s letters to Richelieu, Henri IV’s private correspondence with Marie de Médicis, and letters from Napoleon Bonaparte to Talleyrand.