The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - October 6, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Paris Climate Conference – Launch of construction work at the Le Bourget site by Laurent Fabius (October 6, 2015)

◢  Mediterranean – Laurent Fabius’s participation in the “5+5 Dialogue” (Tangiers, October 7)

◢  Turkey – Visit by Matthias Fekl to Istanbul (October 5 to 6, 2015)

◢  Iraq – Attacks (Oct. 5)

◢  Health – 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine

Paris Climate Conference – Launch of construction work at the Le Bourget site by Laurent Fabius (October 6, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will visit Le Bourget today to launch construction work at the site that will host the Paris Climate Conference, which he will chair from November 30 to December 11.

This event will be the largest conference ever hosted in France since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Paris in 1948. It is unique both in terms of its duration and the number of participants. The construction project being launched by Laurent Fabius today should make it possible to create, in 40 days, a 160,000 m² space able to accommodate 40,000 people: delegations from 195 countries and the EU, representatives from 2,000 associations and NGOs, almost 3,000 journalists and 20,000 visitors.

The 16-hectare site at Le Bourget reflects the choice of Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, to adopt an environmentally-friendly approach: The conference will be carbon neutral and ISO 20121 certified. The choices made with respect to the site aim to facilitate exchanges and consensus-building among the delegates, allow a broad expression of views among civil society members and facilitate the work of the media from around the world.

Mediterranean – Laurent Fabius’s participation in the “5+5 Dialogue” (Tangiers, October 7)

On October 7 in Tangiers, Laurent Fabius will take part in the 12th meeting of the foreign affairs ministers of the “5+5 Dialogue,” which brings together 5 southern European countries and the five Maghreb countries.

This meeting will be devoted to the topic of youth. The ministers will work in particular on the economic and security challenges facing the Western Mediterranean and on the resolution of regional crises, in the context of the refugee crisis.

In Tangiers, France will assume the co-presidency for the northern shore of the “5+5 Dialogue,” for two years, alongside Morocco, which will hold the co-presidency for the southern shore for one more year. On this occasion, Laurent Fabius will announce our priorities to our partners.

Turkey – Visit by Matthias Fekl to Istanbul (October 5 to 6, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, is in Istanbul from October 5 to 6 for the G20 Trade Ministers Meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to coordinate the positions of the G20 countries, in preparation for the 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization due to take place in Nairobi from December 15 to 18. It will provide an opportunity to exchange views on the role of the least advanced countries in international trade as well as that of SMEs in the developments in global trade.

On this occasion, Matthias Fekl will host a round table with Turkish importers of agricultural products and the directors of subsidiaries of French establishments producing animal products within the framework of the export component of the livestock sector support plan adopted on July 22, 2015. He will also inaugurate the “Club santé” which will bring together French professionals from the health sector in Turkey.

Lastly, he will meet with the French community in Istanbul on the occasion of the ceremony to award the grand prize of the 2015 International Volunteer Internships program in Turkey.

Iraq – Attacks (Oct. 5)

France condemns the attacks in the northern outskirts of Baghdad and in Basra and Diyala provinces on October 5.

We offer our condolences to the victims’ families.

France, which is engaged in Operation Chammal against Daesh, reiterates its support for the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorism and in its efforts to achieve national reconciliation and the rule of law

Health – 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine

France welcomes the awarding of the 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine to William Campbell, Satoshi Omura, and Tu Youyou, who discovered key treatments for parasitic diseases and malaria.

This award underscores the importance of fighting these tropical diseases, which particularly affect the world’s poorest populations.

France is committing to combating these scourges through its research institutions, its pharmaceutical industry, and its support for the World Health Organization, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and UNITAID. At last June’s G7 meeting, we reaffirmed our determination to continue this effort, with the goal of eradicating these diseases by 2020.

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