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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, September 19, 2014)

Published on September 19, 2014
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2014 monthly review

Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the 69th UN General Assembly Ministerial Meeting (New York, September 21 to 28, 2014)
Ebola – Adoption of resolution 2177 (New York, September 18, 2014)
Iraq – UN Security Council meeting (New York, September 19, 2014)
Mali – Death of five Chadian soldiers serving with MINUSMA (September 18, 2014)
Development – 2014 report on the “State of Food Insecurity in the World” (FAO, WFP and IFAD)


Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the 69th UN General Assembly Ministerial Meeting (New York, September 21 to 28, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development will be in New York from September 21 to 28 for the 69th UN General Assembly. He will be accompanied by Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony.

Over the course of the week, Mr. Fabius will participate in a series of multilateral meetings and will hold a number of bilateral meetings:

- The fight against climate change is one of the priorities of this week which will be key to our future presidency of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21). President Hollande will participate in the summit on September 23 organized by the UN secretary-general, which will bring together more than 120 heads of state and government. Mr. Laurent Fabius will participate in several events, including the People’s Climate March on September 21 and the Major Economies Forum. He will meet with numerous key figures, including Al Gore and Henry Paulson, as well as with NGOs. He will also address the Council on Foreign Relations and deliver a speech at the “Climate Week” conference. Ms. Girardin will participate in numerous ministerial meetings focusing on climate issues and with vulnerable countries.

- Several meetings will focus on the situation in Iraq and the fight against Daesh. The goal is to build on the momentum created by the Paris conference on September 15, increase support for the Iraqi authorities and strengthen the fight against Daesh. In addition to the Security Council meeting today, several meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss this issue, including the Security Council meeting at the level of heads of state and government on the fight against foreign terrorist fighters.

- The fight against the Ebola virus will also be a major priority, given the scale and seriousness of the crisis. The summit co-chaired by Mr. Ban Ki-moon and President Obama to mobilize the international community will provide an opportunity for France to reaffirm its mobilization in support of the countries affected, notably Guinea.

- All of the major crises will also be discussed during the course of the week. Mr. Laurent Fabius will notably participate in two meetings on the stabilization of Libya. He will co-chair a meeting on the political transition in Syria, which will be aimed at relaunching the political process. He will also chair a meeting on stabilization in the Central African Republic and will participate in a meeting on the situation in Mali. He will also be involved in the meetings on the Middle East (consolidation of the ceasefire in Gaza, Lebanon, Iran). Ms. Girardin will represent France at the donors’ meeting for Palestine.

- With respect to human rights, the minister will conclude, together with Mr. Ban Ki-moon, an event on the universal abolition of the death penalty which will bring together regional organizations and developing countries that are deeply involved in the issue.

- Mr. Laurent Fabius will continue to champion the proposal made by President Hollande a year ago on the guidelines on the use of vetoes in the case of mass atrocities during a meeting co-chaired by his Mexican counterpart in order to rally the widest possible support.

- Ms. Girardin will also defend universal health coverage within the framework of several ministerial meetings.

 

Ebola – Adoption of resolution 2177 (New York, September 18, 2014)

Yesterday’s unanimous adoption of resolution 2177 by the UN Security Council confirms the international community’s unity in the face of the global threat posed by the Ebola virus.

This resolution calls on member states to strengthen their mobilization and better coordinate their efforts in support of the countries affected, with the support of the UN secretary-general. France welcomes Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s decision to establish a UN mission on the ground.

As President Hollande reaffirmed yesterday, France is playing its full role in these efforts. The French action plan now represents an effort of almost €35 million in bilateral aid – this figure is twice as high if we take our multilateral contributions into account (all forms of aid together amount to more than €70 million). This action plan includes two priorities:

- to provide assistance on the ground throughout the region, first and foremost in Guinea. Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, visited the region from September 13 to 14. France will take action directly through an Ebola treatment center which is due to be set up very soon in Guinea’s Forest Region, as President Hollande indicated yesterday. We are also lending support to the Guinean health authorities and the specialized NGOs (supply of personal protective equipment, provision of specialist personnel, and targeted budgetary aid in support of the Ebola response plan). We are also lending support to the Institut Pasteur (Conakry Regional Center of Expertise) which identified the disease.

- to mobilize EU and international actors. The European Commission has raised more than €150 million. At our request, the high-level meeting on September 15 in Brussels also helped to make progress toward establishing a European mechanism to coordinate medical evacuations and hospital care.

- Iraq – UN Security Council meeting (New York, September 19, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development will today participate in the UN Security Council meeting devoted to Iraq.

The international conference in Paris, which took place on September 15 on the initiative of France and Iraq, made it possible to affirm the international community’s commitment to the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and provided a political framework to support Iraq. The participants notably pledged to support the new Iraqi government in its fight against Daesh, including through military assistance that will address the needs expressed by the Iraqi authorities. In keeping with this commitment, France has decided to provide air support to the operations to combat Daesh in Iraq.

Following on from this conference, the Security Council meeting aims to strengthen international mobilization in order to provide Iraq with the international assistance it needs on the political, humanitarian and security fronts.

Mali – Death of five Chadian soldiers serving with MINUSMA (September 18, 2014)

France condemns the attack which killed five Chadian soldiers serving with the UN stabilization mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on September 18, and injured four others.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families as well as to the Chadian authorities. We pay tribute to the courage of the Chadian soldiers, who have been targeted by several attacks over the last few weeks. The perpetrators of these attacks must not go unpunished.

France commends the commitment of the UN mission. France, alongside the Malian authorities and its African partners, is mobilized to contribute to the stabilization of Mali and the fight against terrorism.


Development – 2014 report on the “State of Food Insecurity in the World” (FAO, WFP and IFAD)

France welcomes the publication of the report on the “State of Food Insecurity in the World,” produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Program.

France is working closely with these organizations. It notes the positive developments in the situation and the reduction in the number of people suffering from hunger around the world over the last ten years. The number of people suffering from food insecurity is down by more than 100 million; this progress brings us closer to reaching one of the Millennium Development Goals aimed at halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015.

However, 805 million people are still suffering from hunger around the world. This unacceptable situation requires widespread mobilization. France remains strongly committed in support of food security, both within the framework of our bilateral cooperation and at the multilateral level, notably within the framework of the work of the G20.

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