Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, December 1, 2014)

 

Fight against climate disruption – 20th Climate Change Conference (Lima, December 1 to 12, 2014)
World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014)
Syria - United Nations – Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict


Fight against climate disruption – 20th Climate Change Conference (Lima, December 1 to 12, 2014)

The Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place from December 1 to 12 in Lima (COP20). This is a key step toward reaching a universal agreement on the fight against climate disruption in Paris in December 2015 (COP21).

The French delegation will be led by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and will include Ms. Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony. Ms. Laurence Tubiana, Ambassador and Special Representative of Laurent Fabius for COP21, will be part of this delegation.

The goal of the Lima Conference is to start identifying points of consensus and define a common approach for determining the national contributions that each country must make during the first quarter of 2015.

On December 12 in Lima, Mr. Laurent Fabius and the French delegation will officially launch preparations for the 2015 Paris Conference (COP21-CMP11). In its capacity as host of the future presidency of the COP, France will listen to the views of all members of the conference in order to build consensus and reach a universal agreement at the end of 2015.


World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014)

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, France expresses its solidarity with the 35 million people living with HIV.

It welcomes the signing - announced today - of a new agreement between the Medicines Patent Pool and the laboratory AbbVie. This will provide access, at an affordable price, to antiretroviral drugs for children (lopinavir/ ritonavir).

We are more committed than ever to the fight against AIDS around the world. France is the second largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has enabled 6.6 million people to have access to antiretroviral HIV treatments since 2002. It has been leading the way for 15 years with respect to equitable access to treatment for people living with AIDS, in the South as well as the North. It is especially mobilized in order to facilitate access to the latest generic antiretroviral drugs in developing countries, thanks to the voluntary licensing of patents.

On this occasion, France reaffirms that organized healthcare systems are needed in order to achieve lasting results in the fight against AIDS and other pandemics. To that end, it commends the commitment of African governments to devote 15% of public spending to health.


Syria - United Nations – Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict

France welcomes the adoption of conclusions on the situation in Syria by the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.

More than 10,000 children have been killed in the conflict since March 2011. Three million children have been displaced within Syria. 1.5 million children have sought refuge in neighboring countries. More than 3,000 schools have been destroyed.

In the face of this tragedy, the UN calls for efforts to put an immediate end to the violence against children perpetrated by the regime and terrorist groups, especially Daesh. It urges the Security Council to remind the Syrian authorities of their primary responsibility to protect children and implement the resolutions that it has adopted.