Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, November 27, 2013)

Conclusions of the Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP19) – Joint communiqué (November 26, 2013)
Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius – UN resolution on the safety of journalists (November 26, 2013)
Adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution on “the right to privacy in the digital age” (New York, November 26, 2013)
Afghanistan


Conclusions of the Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP19) – Joint communiqué (November 26, 2013)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philippe Martin, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, welcome the conclusion of the conference in Warsaw, during which France was appointed chair of the 2015 Climate Conference.

The Warsaw conference allows us to take an essential step toward reaching a universal agreement on climate change in Paris in 2015 thanks to the EU’s persistence. All states must declare their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions before the Paris conference so that they can be assessed in the first half of 2015.

This conference also made it possible to make progress on providing support to the most vulnerable countries through a deal on climate financing. In addition, an agreement was adopted on institutional arrangements relating to the loss and damage suffered by developing countries as a result of climate change.

2014 must be the year in which we aim to effectively fight climate change which is already costing too many lives. The countries must make commitments to limiting temperature increase to below 2°C. Exchanges at the conference confirmed to us that most of our partners are ready to make commitments. France is mobilized and will spare no effort to ensure the success of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference.


Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius – UN resolution on the safety of journalists (November 26, 2013)

I welcome the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution on the safety of journalists.

It calls on states to prevent violence against journalists, while respecting their independence, and to combat impunity for the perpetrators of this violence.

On France’s initiative, the resolution proclaims November 2 as “International Day To End Impunity For Crimes against Journalists.” The date was chosen in honor of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon who were murdered in Mali on November 2, 2013.

It’s now up to us to do everything possible, in their memory, to ensure that such crimes against the fundamental right to inform and be informed do not go unpunished.

 

Adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution on “the right to privacy in the digital age” (New York, November 26, 2013)
                                                                                               
France welcomes the adoption, by consensus, by the UN General Assembly on November 26, 2013, of the resolution affirming “the right to privacy in the digital age.”

 

While the scale of the monitoring of communications has prompted concern among our fellow citizens, this resolution proposed by Brazil and Germany with the active support of France – which co-sponsored the resolution – reaffirms the need for states to ensure that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his/her privacy, family, home or correspondence. France is attached to ensuring that these rights, which are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are also protected offline and online, in the digital communication context.

On this occasion, France reaffirms the great importance it attaches to the involvement of all Europeans in the efforts to ensure the adoption of the texts proposed in 2012 by the Commission aimed at improving the legal framework for data protection in the EU. For France, this represents a major reform, which should make it possible to guarantee a high degree of personal data protection. At the European Council on October 24 and 25, 2013, President Hollande called for the swift adoption of this new European legislation.


Afghanistan

We were extremely saddened to learn this morning of the death of 6 personnel members of the French NGO, Acted, who were killed in an ambush in Faryab province, in northern Afghanistan.

We utterly condemn this barbaric act. We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and friends.

In these particularly difficult circumstances, we commend the exceptional professionalism, selflessness and courage of the military and civilian personnel working in Afghanistan. The international community will continue to support the Afghan authorities in their efforts to overcome the challenges facing their country.