Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, February 22, 2013)

Situation in the Great Lakes region – Signing of a framework agreement for peace (February 24, 2013)
United Nations Environment Program

Situation in the Great Lakes region – Signing of a framework agreement for peace (February 24, 2013)

France welcomes the signing on February 24 in Addis Ababa of the framework agreement for peace, security and cooperation for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region. This agreement was concluded under the auspices of the UN, the African Union, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the Southern African Development Community, which will guarantee its implementation.

It notably calls on the authorities of the DRC to reform their security forces in order to reaffirm the state’s authority in the east of the country, as well as to carry out basic institutional reforms. The countries of the region, for their part, pledge to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their neighbors.

We call on all signatory states to implement in good faith the commitments they have taken and to continue their dialogue aimed at finding a political solution to the crisis. The security and humanitarian situation in the east of the DRC remains fragile. Given the urgency of the situation, France calls for efforts to prevent the abuses and human rights violations committed against the civilian populations.

France thanks the UN Secretary-General for his good offices. It wants to see the swift appointment of a UN special envoy tasked with facilitating the implementation of the commitments made as part of this framework agreement. It also calls on the establishment of a response team as part of efforts to strengthen MONUSCO.


United Nations Environment Program

France welcomes the decisions adopted by the first universal session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Program, which ended on February 22 in Nairobi (Kenya).

These decisions translate into concrete terms the commitment made at the Rio+20 Summit to strengthen and raise the profile of the United Nations Environment Program within the UN system, championed in particular by France, the EU, the African Union and numerous Asian and Latin American countries.

The proposal to rename the former governing council “UN Environment Assembly” reflects the determination to ensure that the UN Environment Program serves as the body that will provide leadership and coordination within the UN system.

The goal is also to make the environmental pillar of the UN a model of democracy and openness to civil society by ensuring that it is fully involved in the development of policies and the conduct of various levels of discussions.

These decisions mark a major step toward the eventual creation of a world environment organization, which remains France’s ultimate objective.