The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - October 16, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Development – Annick Girardin chairs the meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (October 15, 2015)

◢  Italy – French-Italian meeting to promote youth exchanges within the framework of civic service (October 16, 2015)

◢  United Nations – Election of five new non-permanent members of the Security Council (October 15, 2015)

◢  United Nations – World Food Day and 70th anniversary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (October 16, 2015)

◢  South Pacific – Australia-France-New Zealand cooperation (Nouméa, October 20-23)

 
Development – Annick Girardin chairs the meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (October 15, 2015)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will this morning chair the meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity, which is the framework for regular dialogue between the government, parliamentarians, elected officials, and civil society, mobilized in support of development.

This third and last meeting of the year is aimed at collectively making an initial assessment of the major projects undertaken in 2015: the issue of financing for development following the Addis Ababa conference in July and the adoption of sustainable development goals in New York in September to eliminate extreme poverty and protect the planet.



Italy – French-Italian meeting to promote youth exchanges within the framework of civic service (October 16, 2015)

Today, Friday, October 16 at 6:00 pm, at the Quai d'Orsay, Patrick Kanner, Minister for Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport and Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will receive their Italian counterparts, Luigi Bobba, State Secretary for Labor and Social Policy and Sandro Gozi, State Secretary for European Affairs, for a working meeting devoted to strengthening cooperation in the area of civic service, in order to promote and facilitate youth exchanges between our two countries.

Within five years, almost 100,000 young people have already performed civic service in France. Patrick Kanner pointed out that 70,000 young people could benefit from this program this year and that 110,000 could benefit from it in 2016, thanks to a significant increase in the resources available within the framework of the 2016 finance bill, which will help achieve this goal.

France and Italy are part of the same project financed by the EU entitled "International Volunteering for all," a transnational cooperation initiative between actors committed to youth and volunteering, aimed at improving accessibility and mobility for disadvantaged youth.

France and Italy have very ambitious goals with respect to developing civic service and intend to increase its European dimension. This meeting will reaffirm the importance of promoting youth mobility in Europe and of bringing young French and Italian generations together to focus on our shared values of solidarity and citizenship.



United Nations – Election of five new non-permanent members of the Security Council (October 15, 2015)

France congratulates Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine, and Uruguay on their election as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. They will serve on the Council for a period of two years from January 1, 2016.

We welcome the prospect of working closely with them on all issues addressed in this forum, which, under the UN Charter, has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.



United Nations – World Food Day and 70th anniversary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (October 16, 2015)

France joins in the celebration of World Food Day, devoted this year to the theme of "Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty."

Social protection measures have a key role to play in achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By helping households to address social risks such as illness and old age, they help to reduce poverty and ensure food security.

This day also marks the 70th anniversary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Almost 800 million people still suffer from hunger around the world and almost one billion are in situations of extreme poverty.



South Pacific – Australia-France-New Zealand cooperation (Nouméa, October 20-23)

Australia, France and New Zealand, which are facing common challenges in a shared space, the South Pacific, extending over nearly 2 million km², will jointly host an interministerial seminar from October 20 to 23, 2015 in Nouméa (New Caledonia).

The seminar will focus on ways to cooperate more effectively with each other on concrete issues, such as the fight against illegal fishing and the illegal exploitation of natural resources, the safeguarding of protected areas, the use of new technologies such as satellite surveillance and improving the safety of navigation and large-scale rescue.

This seminar is unique in that it will bring together all interministerial stakeholders from our three countries and will invite participants from the industrial and scientific world and from civil society, as well as our partners from the Pacific Islands, international organizations (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the EU) and Americans. It will bring together almost 90 high-level participants for six work sessions.


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