Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, July 3, 2014)

Cuba – Visit to Paris by Cuba’s deputy minister for foreign trade (July 3 to 5, 2014)
Ratification of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships – Joint statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (July 3, 2014)
Commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War at the United Nations (New York, July 8, 2014)

Cuba – Visit to Paris by Cuba’s deputy minister for foreign trade (July 3 to 5, 2014)

Ms. Ileana Nuñez Mordoche, Cuba’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade, will be received tomorrow in Paris by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

This visit follows on from Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Cuba on April 12, and Ms. Fleur Pellerin’s visit at the beginning of May for the inauguration of Cuba's International Tourism Fair, during which France was the guest of honor.

Discussions will notably focus on the development of our bilateral relations through the identification of corporate financing solutions, as well as on Cuba's new foreign investment law.

 

Ratification of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships – Joint statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (July 3, 2014)

On July 2, 2014, France deposited with the General Secretariat of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) its instrument of ratification in respect of the Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, adopted in Hong Kong on May 15, 2009.

This convention is an important step toward ship dismantling that is safe for workers and environmentally friendly. It is notably aimed at prohibiting or limiting the use of potentially dangerous materials from the ship’s design stage and throughout its operational life, and at encouraging safe recycling methods in order to ensure sound waste management.

To achieve this, it provides for the establishment of a vessel monitoring system and the issuing of international certificates stating that the vessel has an inventory of potentially hazardous materials, or that the vessel is ready for recycling. Potential dismantling facilities must be subject to a system of authorization that includes certain requirements. This system is reinforced by the adoption of dissuasive national penalties for infringements.

France welcomes the fact that it is one of the first states to have deposited its instrument of ratification in respect of this convention and hopes that it can enter into force as swiftly as possible. Current ship recycling practices generate concerns with respect to the safety and health of workers as well as with respect to the damage caused to the environment by the uncontrolled release of toxic substances.

 

Commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War at the United Nations (New York, July 8, 2014)

A ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War will be held at the United Nations in New York on July 8 at 6:30 pm in the presence of Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The event is being jointly organized by France and Germany, with the co-sponsorship of around 20 countries that took part in the conflict, in order to remember the tragedy of the First World War and to promote a message of peace and reconciliation.

The event will include the screening of archive footage, the reading of letters from soldiers of various nationalities as well as musical interludes.