Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 2, 2014)

Fight against neglected tropical diseases – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Bill Gates (Paris, April 2, 2014)
Japan – Entry into force of the 1980 Hague Convention
Kenya – Attacks in Nairobi (March 31, 2014)

Fight against neglected tropical diseases – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Bill Gates (Paris, April 2, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today receive Mr. Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates is hosting in Paris a joint event with the Institut Pasteur to promote the fight against neglected tropical diseases (dengue fever, leishmaniasis, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, etc.).

France is mobilized in support of the fight against neglected tropical diseases. It supported the creation in 2004 of a specific department at the World Health Organization and helped to fund the Global Observatory for research into neglected tropical diseases, which will soon be launched at the WHO. Our top specialists are taking part in this effort, notably at the Institut Pasteur, the Research Institute for Development and INSERM.

This is a major challenge for development: A billion people are affected by these diseases. As such, the French Development Agency will award a grant of €2 million to the “Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative” to develop new drugs to treat visceral leishmaniasis, which affects 200,000 to 400,000 new people every year. This contribution will be in addition to the €5 million already allocated to efforts to combat malaria, sleeping sickness and pediatric AIDS.

 

Japan – Entry into force of the 1980 Hague Convention

France welcomes the entry into force in Japan on April 1, 2014, of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This convention provides for cooperation between the central authorities of our two countries in order to ensure the swift return of children to their country of usual residence as well as the enforcement of visiting rights.

Since December 1, 2009, France and Japan have, through the Japanese Consultation Committee on children at the center of parental conflicts, been engaged in a constructive dialogue on these issues, primarily focusing on the best interests of the children. We would like to continue these exchanges, notably in order to resolve the case files that were in existence prior to the entry into force of the convention in Japan, and which will not come under the scope of the convention.  

 

Kenya – Attacks in Nairobi (March 31, 2014)

France condemns the attacks perpetrated during the evening of March 31 in the Eastleigh neighborhood of Nairobi, which killed several people and injured many others.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and assure the Kenyan people and government of our solidarity.

France stands alongside Kenya in its fight against terrorism.