The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - November 4, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Oceans – Annick Girardin's participation in the 11th Maritime Economy Conference (Marseille - November 4, 2015)

◢  Guinea – Re-election of President Alpha Condé

◢  Climate – Diplomatic network update / Germany (November 4, 2015)

Oceans – Annick Girardin's participation in the 11th Maritime Economy Conference (Marseille - November 4, 2015)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will attend, on November 4 in Marseille, the 11th Maritime Economy Conference, an annual meeting of decision-makers from the maritime sector.

She will take part in a round table devoted to "Blue growth: two hemispheres, the same hope." Annick Girardin will discuss the following issues with Jean d'Amour, Quebec Minister for Transport and the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, and Teva Rohfritsch, French Polynesian Minister for Economic Redevelopment and the Blue Economy: actions to support sustainable maritime economic development, the preservation of small island states in the face of climate disruption and the new ocean-related diplomatic challenges.

Blue growth has a key role to play in the fight against climate disruption and adaptation efforts by countries of the South. An entire day will be devoted to the topic of oceans at the Paris Climate Conference.

Guinea – Re-election of President Alpha Condé

The Constitutional Court announced on October 31 the final results of the elections in Guinea. President Hollande congratulated Alpha Condé on his re-election.

France pays tribute to the exemplary mobilization of the people. Following the ordeal endured by the country as a result of the Ebola epidemic, we call on the Guinean people to unite in support of the economic and social development of their country.

France stands alongside Guinea and the Guinean people.

Climate – Diplomatic network update / Germany (November 4, 2015)

Laurent Fabius called on our ambassadors to increase the number of climate initiatives in preparation for the Paris Climate Conference.

The Embassy of France in Germany is hosting two events on this topic today.

At the University of Tübingen, Ambassador Philippe Etienne will present the issues that will be raised during COP21 to political and economic actors from the state of Baden-Württemberg.

In Berlin, the embassy will host a parliamentary evening in partnership with the German Development Institute. This event will bring together members of the Bundestag from all parties, diplomats, scientists and representatives of civil society to discuss the implementation of climate policies. Thomas Silberhorn, Germany's Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, will deliver the opening speech at this event where Yann Arthus Bertrand's "60 solutions against climate change" exhibition will be unveiled before it travels to other venues in Germany.

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