The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - May 29, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Cultural Update - Rio Hip Hop Kemp urban dance festival (May 31– June 7)

◢  South Africa - Visit by Laurent Fabius (May 29 to 30, 2015)

◢  Iraq – Daesh &ndash - Second restricted meeting of the foreign ministers of the coalition against Daesh (Paris, June 2, 2015)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Ambassadors’ Conference - Opening of registration for #ambassadeur1entrepreneur, an unprecedented session of business meetings between ambassadors and entrepreneurs (May 22, 2015)

◢  Climate - Laurent Fabius’s participation in the opening of the next COP21 negotiating session (Bonn, June 1, 2015)

◢  Mali - Attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (May 28)

 
Cultural Update - Rio Hip Hop Kemp urban dance festival (May 31– June 7)

France is being showcased at the 5th edition of Rio Hip Hop Kemp (Rio H2K), one of the world’s largest urban dance festivals. It will be held in the city’s main theaters from May 31 to June 7, with support from the French Consulate in Rio de Janeiro and the Institut français. The festival’s artistic director is our compatriot Guy Darmet, founder of the Maison de la Danse and the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon.

More than 250 dancers will perform at this year’s festival, which for the first time will feature renowned international companies. Among them are three from France: Käfig, Sébastien Ramirez, and Brahim Bouchelaghem. The June 2nd performance of “Agwa/Correria” by Lyon’s Käfig at the Municipal Theater of Rio is the highlight of the 2015 edition.

Other major French cultural events are planned in June in honor of the 450th anniversary of the city of Rio de Janeiro: the city’s first Fête de la Musique; an exhibition of works by Albert Kahn at the Cultural Center of the Bank of Brazil; a Pierre Verger exhibit at the Alliance Française; a Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster show at the Modern Art Museum; and the Varilux French film festival, which will screen the best recent French films in Rio and more than 50 Brazilian cities.

For more information, visit www.rioh2k.com.br and http://riodejaneiro.ambafrance-br.org/.



South Africa - Visit by Laurent Fabius (May 29 to 30, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will visit Pretoria from May 29 to 30 at the invitation of South African Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. He will also meet with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, will talk about the objectives of and preparations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference with his interlocutors. South Africa, which plays a key role in the current climate negotiations, hosted the COP17 summit in Durban in 2011 and currently holds the chairmanship of the G77+ China.

Laurent Fabius will also discuss with his counterpart the strengthening of our bilateral relations in preparation for President Zuma’s upcoming visit to France. South Africa is France’s largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa.



Iraq – Daesh – Second restricted meeting of the foreign ministers of the coalition against Daesh (Paris, June 2, 2015)

France will host the second restricted meeting of the foreign ministers of the coalition against Daesh (24 participants) on June 2. This meeting, co-chaired by Laurent Fabius, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and John Kerry, falls within the framework of the regular meetings between the members of the coalition.

The meeting will have two main objectives:

- to discuss the coalition’s strategy, at a time when the situation on the ground is especially fragile, and to reaffirm our shared determination to stop the fanatical Daesh terrorists;

- to convey a strong message about the need to find lasting political solutions in order to resolve the Iraqi crisis, the only way to effectively combat the terrorist group. The meeting in Paris will provide an opportunity to reaffirm our resolute support for the Iraqi government in their efforts to effectively implement the reforms needed to ensure national reconciliation.

The participants will also discuss the protection of persecuted minorities and the conditions for their return, as announced at the meeting on this issue at the UN Security Council that Mr. Laurent Fabius chaired on March 27. They will also discuss the protection of heritage in danger while the UN General Assembly has just adopted a resolution on this issue. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees, have been invited to participate in these discussions.



Economic diplomacy – Ambassadors’ Conference - Opening of registration for #ambassadeur1entrepreneur, an unprecedented session of business meetings between ambassadors and entrepreneurs (May 22, 2015)

At Laurent Fabius’s initiative, the 2015 Ambassadors’ Conference will include an unprecedented event: the first “speed dating” meeting ever held in France between ambassadors and entrepreneurs.

This session of business meetings will be one of the highlights of a week devoted to all forms of diplomacy (August 24 to 28). These meetings, which will take place on August 25, are aimed at French companies that want to expand internationally, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, and intermediate size companies

These meetings, involving direct, one-on-one discussions with one of the 180 French ambassadors, will provide an opportunity for business leaders to take stock of their development projects abroad and the support they’ve received from the French diplomatic network.

Entrepreneurs interested in taking part in the initiative can register on line between now and July 3 at: www.1ambassadeur1entrepreneur.fr



Climate - Laurent Fabius’s participation in the opening of the next COP21 negotiating session (Bonn, June 1, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will travel to Bonn on Monday for the next negotiating session on the fight against climate disruption, which will take place from June 1 to 11. He will speak at the opening of the session and will hold discussions with the negotiators.

The two-week period of discussions is aimed at facilitating the achievement of an ambitious agreement in the run-up to the Paris Climate Conference – COP21 in December.



Mali - Attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (May 28)

France condemns the May 28th terrorist attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) that injured three peacekeepers in the Timbuktu area. We wish the victims a speedy recovery.

We hope to see a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding this attack, and for those responsible to be brought to justice.

France once again applauds MINUSMA’s work and the commitment of those countries that supply its troops. Together with the Malian authorities, its African partners, and the United Nations, France remains committed to helping stabilize Mali.


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