Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, March 28, 2014)

 

National Humanitarian Conference (Paris, March 31, 2014)
Internet governance – Decision by the ICANN Board (March 27, 2014)
Myanmar/ Burma – Violence against humanitarian personnel (March 27, 2014)


National Humanitarian Conference (Paris, March 31, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will open, on March 31, the second National Humanitarian Conference in the presence of Ms. Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. The event will be closed by Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development.

This forum will provide an opportunity for dialogue and exchanges on the major humanitarian issues between the government and NGOs. Four round tables will be held to discuss new modes of humanitarian action, the challenges of aid coordination, post-crisis preparedness and the outlook for developments in the French humanitarian landscape.

The conference will be open to the press


Internet governance – Decision by the ICANN Board (March 27, 2014)

France, together with the EU and its member states, attaches the utmost importance to the protection of designations of origin in all settings, including on the Internet. Consequently, France is closely monitoring the process to create domain names with the extension “.vin” and “.wine” envisaged by the regulatory authority for domain names on the Internet, ICANN.

France notes that some irregularities have occurred during the process. In this respect, France reaffirms that it will take a close interest in ensuring that the delegation of these domain names cannot take place unless the designations of origin of wine producers are given a high level of protection.

In general, France calls for the accelerated reform of ICANN in order to ensure that greater consideration is given to the recommendations of states concerning Internet governance, in order to develop a model of governance that is more transparent and inclusive.

Myanmar/ Burma – Violence against humanitarian personnel (March 27, 2014)

France is concerned about the violence perpetrated against UN and NGO personnel and buildings in Sittwe, in northern Rakhine state. The violence has led to the evacuation of many personnel members and the suspension of humanitarian assistance. 

We call on the Burmese authorities to ensure safe working conditions for the UN and the humanitarian organizations and to allow them to have free access to the populations in need.