The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - May 22, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Central African Republic - Development - Annick Girardin's trip to Brussels (May 26)

◢  Environment - Climate - World Biodiversity Day (May 22)

◢  Climate - Internet voting to choose an official stamp for COP21 (joint communiqué with the Post Office, May 22)

Central African Republic - Development - Annick Girardin's trip to Brussels (May 26)

Annick Girardin, minister of state responsible for development and Francophony, will attend an international conference on May 26 on the Central African Republic. That country's president, Catherine Samba-Panza, will also be there.

This meeting will focus on the country's reconstruction and the disbursement of the EU's innovative "Bêkou" trust fund. The challenge is to continue mobilizing our efforts to help the Central African Republic complete its transition and facilitate its citizens' access to social and administrative services.

Ms. Girardin will also take part in the council of European development ministers, which will discuss development financing, the post-2015 agenda, gender equality, migration, and the connection between security and development. In addition, she will attend a working dinner with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to prepare for this year's major meetings: the international conference on development financing in July, the special summit on sustainable development September, and the Paris Climate Conference at the end of the year.

Environment - Climate - World Biodiversity Day (May 22)

The International Day for Biological Diversity is designed to remind us that conservation, sustainable management, and the restoration of biodiversity can play an important role in the fight against climate disruption.

In partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, France is working to curb greenhouse gases, facilitate adaptation to the effects of climate change, and halt biodiversity loss. The restoration of mangrove forests, the sustainable management of natural areas, protected marine areas and forest regions, and the establishment of payment systems for services rendered by ecosystems, are all concrete actions in this regard. We will also soon ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.

In its cooperation with its partners from the South, France is also promoting initiatives to provide funding for biodiversity and is working hard to ensure that this aspect be included in the post-2015 development agenda.

We hope the UN General Assembly decides to start negotiations on an agreement to implement the Montego Bay convention to protect biodiversity on the high seas.

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Climate - Internet voting to choose an official stamp for COP21 (joint communiqué with the Post Office, May 22)

To commemorate the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, taking place at Paris-Le Bourget from November 30 to December 11, La Poste—a major partner in the conference—will issue the official COP 21 stamp. This stamp will reflect France's commitment to the climate and its responsibility as the conference's host.

A competition was organized for students of the Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design de Saint-Etienne. Five entries were selected. The public may vote on these selections from May 21 through Tuesday, May 26, on COP21's Facebook page.

A jury of eminent figures is also voting on these five proposals. Their votes, and those by Internet users, will each account for 50% of the final tally. The winning stamp will be unveiled at the end of June and will go on sale in November, during COP 21. It will be round like the planet and will incorporate green design technology.

A million of these stamps are slated to be issued in 2015. They will be valid for all international mail originating in France.

It's up to you, from May 21 through 26, to choose the official stamp of COP21!

To vote, go to:

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