The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - July 10, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Climate – UNESCO - Laurent Fabius’s participation in the scientific conference on climate disruption (Paris, July 2015)

◢  Laurent Fabius’s visit to the Central African Republic and Ethiopia (July 13, 2015)

◢  Saudi Arabia - Death of Prince Saud al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – Statement issued by Laurent Fabius (July 9, 2015)

◢  Guinea - Indictment of Moussa Dadis Camara for the massacre of September 28, 2009

◢  Quai d’Orsay - “Ambassadors Week” – Launch of a social media campaign

◢  Turkey - “Night of Ramadan” (Istanbul, July 10)

 
Climate – UNESCO - Laurent Fabius’s participation in the scientific conference on climate disruption (Paris, July 2015)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will bring UNESCO’s scientific conference on climate disruption to a close this afternoon.

2,000 scientists from 150 countries met in Paris for 4 days to take stock of the latest scientific knowledge. One year after the publication of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this work made it possible - by exploring all scientific disciplines - to reflect on ways to address the challenges of climate change.

After 165 working sessions and high-level plenary meetings, scientists from all over the world were able to employ a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to develop long-term scenarios in areas as diverse as urbanization, agriculture, the oceans and the economy as a whole and, for each scenario, develop the concrete solutions required to adhere to low carbon trajectories.



Laurent Fabius’s visit to the Central African Republic and Ethiopia (July 13, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will travel to the Central African Republic and then Ethiopia for the United Nations Conference on Financing for Development.

During his 5th visit to Bangui in less than two years, the minister will convey a message of friendship and solidarity to the authorities of the Central African Republic. He will reaffirm our support for Catherine Samba-Panza, President of the Transitional Government, and review together with her the election process which must be brought to a successful conclusion by the end of the year. He will sign with Prime Minister Mahamat Kamoun a comprehensive budgetary aid agreement worth €8 million, a significant portion of which will be used to finance election preparations.

The minister will greet the Operation Sangaris troops and pay tribute to the efforts to stabilize the country since the end of 2013, first in support of the forces deployed by the African Union, and then in support of the peacekeeping forces belonging to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

In Addis Ababa, Laurent Fabius, accompanied by Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will participate in the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, following the conferences held in Monterrey (Mexico) in 2002 and Doha (Qatar) in 2008. This is the first of three major international meetings this year, ahead of the summit on Sustainable Development Goals in September in New York and the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in December.

The minister will reaffirm our solidarity and our commitments to developing countries, especially the most fragile and vulnerable countries, and as COP21 president, he will reaffirm the link between the fight against poverty and the fight against climate disruption. He will call for the mobilization of all stakeholders and channels – private as well as public and governments as well as local authorities - in support of sustainable development financing



Saudi Arabia - Death of Prince Saud al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – Statement issued by Laurent Fabius (July 9, 2015)

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Prince Saud al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who, for almost 40 years, served as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister and worked tirelessly for peace and stability in the Middle East.

Prince Saud al-Faisal, who was recognized all over the world for his sharp intellect, was deeply attached to the independence and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia; he helped ensure that the voice of his country was heard and respected everywhere.

With his death, France loses a tireless supporter of French-Saudi friendship and cooperation.

At such a painful time, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family, the royal family and the Saudi authorities and people.



Guinea - Indictment of Moussa Dadis Camara for the massacre of September 28, 2009

The indictment of Moussa Dadis Camara represents important progress in the investigation into the massacre of September 28, 2009.

We applaud the determination of the Guinean authorities to fight impunity and we encourage them to continue their efforts. Trying those responsible for that massacre will strengthen the rule of law and the recognition of the rights of victims and will be an important step toward national reconciliation.



Quai d’Orsay - “Ambassadors Week” – Launch of a social media campaign

Laurent Fabius would like to refresh the traditional annual Ambassadors Conference, particularly by developing exchanges between the ambassadors, the public and businesses.

In preparation for this event, now called “Ambassadors Week,” to be held in Paris from August 24 to 28, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is launching an original publicity campaign on the social networks. The Quai d’Orsay has adopted a decidedly quirky, humorous tone with the aim of attracting a young audience that is not very familiar with foreign affairs. The visuals will be found all summer long on the Ministry’s Twitter (#SemaineAmbass) and Facebook accounts.

In the same spirit of openness, the week will begin with an innovative public diplomacy event called “I am meeting an ambassador,” during which the public may come to listen to and freely debate with French ambassadors on current events, in person or via Twitter. Registration is open at https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/luge/.

Tuesday, August 25, will be devoted to supporting our businesses abroad, with the first “speed-dating” event between ambassadors and entrepreneurs ever held in France.



Turkey - “Night of Ramadan” (Istanbul, July 10)

This evening, for the second consecutive year, the Palais de France in Istanbul will host a “Night of Ramadan” with an Iftar, the meal that breaks the fast, followed by a concert that will be part of the Jazz in Ramadan festival.

Participants in this Iftar – politicians, economic and cultural actors, journalists – will join other viewers for a concert whose overarching theme is brotherhood. Performers include André Manoukian and his quartet, Turkish musicians of the Roma tradition, and the great percussionist Okay Temiz. This Jazz in Ramadan concert will also be presented at the French Embassy in Ankara on the evening of July 11.


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