Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, September 26, 2014)

 

Cultural network update – Inauguration of the French bookstore “Albertine Books” by Mr. Laurent Fabius (New York, September 26, 2014)
Iraq – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the symposium entitled “Iraqi heritage in danger: How can it be protected?” (UNESCO, September 29, 2014)
Arms Trade Treaty – Entry into force
Protection of journalists – Adoption of a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (Geneva, September 25, 2014)


Cultural network update – Inauguration of the French bookstore “Albertine Books” by Mr. Laurent Fabius (New York, September 26, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development will today inaugurate the bookstore “Albertine Books.”

New York will once again have a French bookstore which, with more than 14,000 titles, will offer a wide selection of works by French and francophone authors. Its aim is to make French works accessible throughout the United States, beyond New York City. As of December 2014, a selection of books in French and translations will be available in the “French Corners” of major U.S. bookstores.

Located within the premises of the Embassy of France’s Cultural Services Department, Albertine Books will also be a venue for meetings and discussions with French and American authors. The first Albertine festival from October 14 to 19 will feature intellectuals and artists from both countries, including writer Emmanuel Carrère, mathematician Cédric Villani, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, director Olivier Assayas, and designer and director Marjane Satrapi.

For more information please visit: http://www.consulfrance-newyork.org/Albertine-une-librairie-francaise


Iraq – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the symposium entitled “Iraqi heritage in danger: How can it be protected?” (UNESCO, September 29, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will open the symposium entitled “Iraqi heritage in danger: How can it be protected?” on September 29 at 3:00 pm at UNESCO in the presence of Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

This event was jointly organized by France and Iraq and will bring together numerous international experts in order to assess the situation of Iraq’s cultural heritage and the dangers threatening it. Since the start of Daesh’s offensive, Iraqi officials responsible for heritage and archeology have been making urgent appeals to the international community to save Mesopotamian sites and cultural heritage.

After taking stock of the situation, the participants will discuss possible measures to safeguard this exceptional heritage. Coordination between Iraqi and international actors is extremely important, notably in order to effectively combat the illicit trafficking of cultural property.

This event is open to the press. For more information please visit:

- http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/dossiers-pays/irak/evenements-3710/article/colloque-international-le-115457

- http://www.delegfrance-unesco.org/Colloque-international-Le


Arms Trade Treaty – Entry into force

France welcomes the recent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty by Argentina, the Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, the Czech Republic, St. Lucia, Senegal and Uruguay, making it possible to reach the threshold of 50 ratifications needed for the entry into force of the treaty, now scheduled for December 24, 2014.

This is a historic step. Less than two years after being adopted by the UN, the Arms Trade Treaty has been signed by 121 states, 53 of which have ratified it.

France ratified this treaty on April 2, 2014, and believes that its entry into force will allow more effective regulation of the legal arms trade and will strengthen the fight against illicit trafficking. Its effective implementation in all regions of the world is essential, especially in those regions most affected by the trafficking of small arms and light weapons.

We call on all states that have not yet done so to ratify or sign the treaty as soon as possible. In this regard, we welcome the recent signing of the treaty by Georgia, Namibia and Ukraine.


Protection of journalists – Adoption of a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (Geneva, September 25, 2014)

France welcomes the adoption yesterday by the UN Human Rights Council of a resolution on the safety of journalists. This text, which we presented together with Austria, Brazil, Greece, Morocco, Qatar and Tunisia, was adopted by consensus and co-sponsored by 91 states.

The resolution calls on states to strengthen the fight against impunity. It notably recommends the establishment of an early warning and rapid response mechanism, enabling journalists who have been threatened to contact the authorities in order to benefit from the necessary protection.

More than 90% of crimes committed against journalists around the world go unpunished. The protection and safety of journalists, in situations of peace as well as conflict, are priorities of the diplomatic action of France, which initiated the adoption on November 26, 2013, by the UN General Assembly, of a resolution that notably proclaimed November 2 as “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.”