The Office for Cooperation with CSO hosted the Women’s Conservation Forum, at the Maison française in the Embassy of France. We had the great pleasure to welcome Diane Akerman, she presented her last book : The Human Age. Conservation International did show two films that they have released recently along with their new and fabulous campaign : Nature is Speaking.
The Mission has sponsored the international Conference on the linkages between “Ecosystems, Economy and Society” organized by Veolia Environment Institute, jointly with Agence Française de Developpement, International Union for Conservation of Nature and US National Research Council Water Sciences and Technology Board.
The Mission, in partnership with the World Bank Group and ATD Quart Monde, organized a seminar on the theme: "What role can the poor play in ending extreme poverty?", with the participation of:
Bertrand Badré, Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer;
Mahmoud Muhsin, Special Envoy on UN MDGs.
The Mission has sponsored the screening of Les Marches de la Liberté programmed by the Alliance Française, which raises the issue of the identity of minorities in France and in the United States. The screening was followed by a discussion pannel with the film’s director, activist and journalist Rokhaya Diallo.
A gala was held on December 12th, 2013 in honor of the American Fund of the Little Brothers of the Poor, which provides social assistance to seniors. The evening was an opportunity to bring together French and American supporters of the group’s work, in the presence of Zabou Breitman.
The Ambassador of France hosted a reception to mark the creation of the first Club of Ambassadors of the Apprentis d’Auteuil Foundation in the United-States.
Driven by Thione Niang, the International Association Give1Project aims to promote exchanges of experiences between young leaders from around the world to bring out a new youth involved in social, economic and political life.
The Ambassador of France received a delegation of young Americans who have just completed a trip to France (June 2013), and the Consul General received a delegation of young Frrench people making an exchange trip to the United States (September 2013).
The OCCSE helped organize Jean-Michel Sévérino’s participation to the 2013 Interaction Forum, which brings together nearly 1,000 participants from civil society and the private and public sectors each year. Former CEO of the French Development Agency, member of the UN High Level Panel on the post-2015 agenda and current CEO of an Impact Investing firm, M Sévérino spoke in a panel discussion on the post-2015 agenda, alongside Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, and Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator of USAID.
DISCUSSION ON IMPACT INVESTING WITH THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR
On April 2013, the Ambassador hosted a lunch in honor of Jean-Michel Sévérino, gathering major actors of Impact Investing in the US, such as Jin-Yong Cai, President of the IFC, Lisa Hall, CEO of the Calvert Foundation, Mirza Jahani, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation...
In a sign of France’s commitment to fruitful dialogue with civil society representatives, the French embassy hosted a reception on March 5 for CARE’s Conference and International Women’s Day Celebration.
As an international non-governmental organization, CARE aims to eradicate poverty, concentrating on the empowerment of women and girls.
Ambassador François Delattre hosted the event, organized by the Office for Cooperation With Civil Society Organizations of the French embassy.
“We fully share your commitment and are truly at your disposal for help,” said Amb. Delattre. “As Ambassador of France, one of my key priorities is to strengthen relationships between the philanthropic sectors of our two countries, especially in non-governmental cooperation.”
In recognition of France’s collaboration with the group, CARE President and CEO Helene Gayle presented Amb. Delattre with a plaque of appreciation.
In addition to remarks from Dr. Gayle and Amb. Delattre, the event featured a screening of the film Girl Rising, a documentary on the influence of education, which profiles nine girls from nine developing countries. The screening was followed by a discussion between Dr. Gayle and the film’s senior producer, Martha Adams.
The French Embassy and The General Consultate in Washington were very pleased to welcome on March 4th in Washington the famous French environmentalist Monique Barbut, Special Advisor to the CEO of Agence Française de Développement and former CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, and Philippe Lévêque, National Director of CARE France.
The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society and the General Consulate ceased this opportunity to organize a luncheon on March 4th, that was the occasion for them to present the conclusions of the French Consultations on Development Aid (Les assises du développement et de la solidarité internationale).
Indeed in November 2012, the Minister of Development Mr Pascal Canfin launched - at the request of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and in close collaboration with Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs – an extensive consultation process of French civil society bringing together all development actors, including our Southern partners. Seventeen working groups gathered each one more than eighty persons from different backgrounds: think tank, NGOs, unions, corporations, foundations, local authorities and parliamentarians.
The outcome of these consultations, a series of recommendations on French development policies, were presented on March 1st to major French development actors, in the presence of the President of the Republic. This was a great honor for us to have Mrs Barbut and M Lévêque in Washington discuss about the process and its results.
The General Consulate of France and the Office for Cooperation with CSOs of the French Embassy organized on January 15th, 2013 a dialogue on Post-Disaster Rehabilitation in Haiti, with representatives of two French NGOs : Marie-Hermine de Montangon, program coordinator for Entrepreneurs of the World Haïti, and François Grunewald, Executive and scientific director of Group URD.
They presented their work and discussed with specialists from the American civil society about innovative, successful and easily replicable ways to take action in post-emergency situations.
On December 6th 2012, the OCCSO was pleased to host a reception at the French Embassy to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Handicap International. This celebration was organized under the High Patronage of Francois Delattre, Ambassador of the French Republic to the United States. The OCCSO was honored to welcome Jean-Baptiste Richardier, President and Co-Founder of Handicap International, and John Lancaster, President of Handicap International in the United States.
Organized for the first time in cooperation with the Office, the Consulate General Washington Home and the Day of Solidarities in 2012 wished to gather the Francophones and Francophiles involved as volunteers in solidarity associations.
This meeting was intended as a space for sharing and meeting between volunteers so that they can freely discuss their careers, their commitments, challenges, ... The long-term goal was to develop a dynamic group to form a first "volunteer network" that could later be extended in connection with the various "Receptions" and Consulates.