The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - May 19, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Climate - Mr. Laurent Fabius's participation in the "Business and Climate Week" (Paris, May 20 to 22, 2015)

◢  Mali - Attack against the Malian army (May 18, 2015)

Climate - Mr. Laurent Fabius's participation in the "Business and Climate Week" (Paris, May 20 to 22, 2015)

Less than 200 days ahead of COP 21, which he will chair, Mr. Laurent Fabius will participate in the "Business and Climate Week," due to take place in Paris from May 20 to 22. During the high-level dialogue with the private sector tomorrow, and then the Business and Climate Summit (May 20 and 21) and Climate Finance Day (May 22), he will launch an appeal for extensive mobilization by the private sector, which will be crucial to the success of the Paris Climate Conference – COP21.

This week's events, which reflect the business world's interest in the transition toward low-carbon economies, a factor for growth and employment, will bring together hundreds of business leaders and banking and financial sector representatives from all over the world. They will conduct a realistic initial assessment of the actions and commitments of the private sector in the fight against climate disruption.

Mali - Attack against the Malian army (May 18, 2015)

France condemns the attack perpetrated on May 18 in the region of Timbuktu, which claimed the lives of three Malian soldiers. We extend our condolences to the victims' families and the Malian authorities.

Upholding the ceasefire is key to ensuring that the peace process will put a lasting end to the crisis in Mali. France reaffirms that the UN Security Council is prepared to adopt individual sanctions against those who stand in the way of the peace process.

We urge the representatives of the Coordination of Azawad Movements to remain committed to the peace process, which they demonstrated by initialing the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali on May 14, and now call on them to sign this agreement as swiftly as possible.

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