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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, October 2, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

Climate – Opening by Laurent Fabius of the “Make it work forum: civil society commits itself in support of climate” (Paris, October 3, 2015)

On October 3, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will open the “Make it work forum: civil society commits itself in support of climate,” jointly organized by Libération, Sciences Po and several international media outlets.

This forum, which will take place throughout the day at Sciences Po Paris, will provide an opportunity to discuss the issues at stake at the Paris Climate Conference and the solutions for a sustainable world. Laurent Fabius, Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood, and Forestry, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, will exchange ideas on key issues in the presence of 500 experts, businesses, intellectuals and members of civil society: What will the planet look like in 2050? How will the geopolitical situation look in terms of climate? What are the links between climate and energy issues, or climate and agriculture?

Less than two months ahead of the opening of the Paris Climate Conference, this forum will make it possible to increase the general public’s awareness of the need for an ambitious and binding agreement in December in Paris.

This event is open to the press.


Syria– Joint Declaration on Recent Military Actions of the Russian Federation in Syria

We, the governments of France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America state the following in view of the recent military actions of the Russian Federation in Syria:
We express our deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially ‎the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs and Idlib which led to civilian casualties and did not target Daesh. ‎

These military actions constitute a further escalation and will only fuel more extremism and radicalization.

We call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting Daesh.


Israel/Palestinian Territories – West Bank attack (Oct. 1)

France condemns the attack in the northern West Bank on October 1 that killed two Israeli civilians. We offer our condolences to the victims’ families.

We call on all the parties to refrain from any act that could increase tensions.


Climate – 14th edition of Nuit Blanche (Oct. 3)

For its 14th edition, Nuit Blanche will showcase the Paris Climate Conference.

Two itineraries will be open to the public in northern Paris and in neighborhoods undergoing urban transformations as part of the future Grand Paris development project. Some 30 French and foreign artists are invited to consider changes in our cities and in our environment for this occasion.

A great success in Paris since it was established in 2002, Nuit Blanche events are being held this year in more than 25 cities worldwide, including Zagreb, Kyoto and Cotonou.


Morocco – 1st Mediterranean Young Leaders Forum (Essaouira, Oct. 2-4)

The 1st Mediterranean Young Leaders Forum, hosted by the French Embassy in Morocco, the Anna Lindh Foundation, Marocains Pluriels, and the Union des Jeunes Euro Maghrébins, is opening on October 2 in Essaouira.

This event will offer an opportunity for young political and economic leaders and emerging civil society figures on both shores of the Mediterranean to discuss current events.

The main themes of this first edition will be radicalization, refugees, climate disruption, and social exclusion


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