The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - October 20, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Climate – Laurent Fabius's participation in the negotiation session (Bonn, October 20, 2015)

◢  United Kingdom – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs in the Scottish Government (Paris, October 20, 2015)

◢  Environment / United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification – Annick Girardin's participation in the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (Ankara, October 20 to 21, 2015)

◢  Philippines / Economic diplomacy – Matthias Fekl to co-chair the French-Philippine Economic Committee (Paris, October 20, 2015)

◢  Pakistan – Attack in Quetta (October 19, 2015)

 
Climate – Laurent Fabius's participation in the negotiation session (Bonn, October 20, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, will visit Bonn today for the last negotiation session with the 196 parties (ADP international working group) before the opening of the Paris Climate Conference. The goal is to make progress on developing an ambitious and balanced draft agreement.

Laurent Fabius will hold consultations with all of the heads of delegation. He will notably present the results of the informal consultations hosted by the French presidency at the level of ministers and heads of state and government. He will meet with Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Ahmed Djoghlaf and Daniel Reifsnyder, Co-Chairs of the ADP working group.

The minister will reaffirm the French presidency's determination to work in a transparent manner in cooperation with all parties involved. He will urge the participants to seek the necessary compromises without delay in order to reach an agreement at the Paris Climate Conference.



United Kingdom – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs in the Scottish Government (Paris, October 20, 2015)

Harlem Désir will today receive Fiona Hyslop, Member of the Scottish Parliament, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs in the Scottish Government.

They will take stock of the strengthening of our ties in the education and cultural spheres, within the framework of the cooperation initiatives undertaken since 2013, as well as the investment prospects for French firms in Scotland, notably in the renewable energy field.

Harlem Désir and Fiona Hyslop will also discuss major current European issues as well as preparations for the Paris Climate Conference.



Environment / United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification – Annick Girardin's participation in the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (Ankara, October 20 to 21, 2015)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will visit Ankara from October 20 to 21 to participate in the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The minister of state will underscore the importance of prevention through warning systems that are adapted to the fight against drought and will make the case for renewable energies in the areas threatened by deforestation. She will take part in a round table on sustainable land management and will meet with international NGOs working in the field of desertification. On this occasion, she will have several meetings, both with the Turkish authorities (Mustafa Öztürk, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Murtaza Yetis, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Syrian affairs, refugees and humanitarian assistance) and with the representatives of the organizations providing assistance to the Syrian refugees in Turkey (UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and the International Organization for Migration).

Annick Girardin will pay tribute, at Democracy Square, to the victims of the attack carried out on October 10 in Ankara.



Philippines / Economic diplomacy – Matthias Fekl to co-chair the French-Philippine Economic Committee (Paris, October 20, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will today co-chair, together with Gregory Domingo, Secretary of Trade and Industry of the Philippines, the 7th session of the French-Philippine Economic Committee, which will be attended by companies from both countries.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to work on strengthening our bilateral cooperation, notably in areas such as the fight against climate disruption, aerospace and agrifood.

The Philippines play an active role in the fight against climate disruption. Following the launch by President Hollande and the minister in February 2015 of the "Manila Call to Action," the Philippines pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and will chair the Climate Vulnerable Forum – V20. Our two countries have launched, with the support of French development assistance, active cooperation in the sustainable development technologies sector. The French renewable energy sector as well as its public and private stakeholders will be highlighted during the meeting of the committee.



Pakistan – Attack in Quetta (October 19, 2015)

We condemn the attack targeted yesterday evening against a bus in the suburbs of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, which left at least 11 people dead and 22 injured.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families. The perpetrators of this barbaric act must be brought to justice.

France stands alongside the Pakistani authorities and people in the fight against terrorism.


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