Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 22, 2014)

Meeting of the first National Council for Development and International Solidarity chaired by Ms. Annick Girardin (May 22, 2014)
International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22, 2014)
Syria – Fight against impunity
China – Attacks in Urumqi (May 22, 2014)

Meeting of the first National Council for Development and International Solidarity chaired by Ms. Annick Girardin (May 22, 2014)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will today chair the first National Council for Development and International Solidarity.

The goal of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity, announced by President Hollande on March 1, 2013 at the Conferences on Development and International Solidarity, is to strengthen dialogue between all actors on development policy priorities, transparency and coherence issues, and public assistance resources. The council will bring together, at least twice a year, approximately 60 personalities grouped into 8 categories: associations, parliamentarians, trade unions, employers, economic players, elected representatives and local and regional authorities, academics and researchers, and international figures.

This consultative body will notably make it possible to mobilize efforts in preparation for two key milestones in 2015: the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals and the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, which should allow us to conclude a new international agreement to address climate change.


International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22, 2014)

On the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, dedicated this year to island biodiversity, France reaffirms its commitment to the preservation of the planet, a priority of Mr. Laurent Fabius's action.

France has ratified the major international conventions on biodiversity. Its constant commitment to international cooperation on biodiversity was reaffirmed in the guidelines for the ecological transition sent by the prime minister to the minister of foreign affairs and international development in 2013 and 2014.

Island biodiversity is a priority of our action in this field. France is notably spearheading plans for an international conference on biodiversity and climate change in the European overseas territories, due to take place from October 22 to 25, 2014, in Guadeloupe. It is also an active member of the International Coral Reef Initiative and works to ensure their protection within the framework of the French Coral Reef Initiative.


Syria – Fight against impunity

War crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed in Syria. The perpetrators of these crimes must not go unpunished.

That’s why France will today submit for a vote at the UN Security Council a resolution referring the situation to the International Criminal Court.

As Mr. Laurent Fabius reaffirmed in an article published today, the members of the international community must assume their responsibilities in the eyes of history and before the community of nations.


China – Attacks in Urumqi (May 22, 2014)

France condemns the attacks that took place in the city of Urumqi which resulted in numerous casualties.  

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and friends.

France expresses its solidarity with the Chinese government and people in the face of this ordeal.