The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 13, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Germany – Visit by Frank-Walter Steinmeier (November 13, 2015)

◢  European Union – Laurent Fabius's participation in the EU Council of Foreign Ministers (Brussels - November 16, 2015)

◢  Development / EU – Launch by Annick Girardin of a public consultation on the future of the Cotonou Agreement (November 13, 2015)

◢  Africa / Training – Annick Girardin launches a program for the African leaders of tomorrow (November 13, 2015)

◢  Burundi / United Nations – Security Council Resolution (November 12, 2015)

◢  Health – Report on the decrease in global maternal mortality rates (November 12, 2015)

 
Germany – Visit by Frank-Walter Steinmeier (November 13, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today receive his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Steinmeier will visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development crisis and support center and will facilitate a working meeting devoted to cooperation between the crisis centers of the German and French ministries.

They will then take part, at the German ambassador's residence, in the ceremony to award the German Order of Merit to several of our compatriots who distinguished themselves in the tragic Germanwings air crash on March 24, 2015.



European Union – Laurent Fabius's participation in the EU Council of Foreign Ministers (Brussels - November 16, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will take part in the next EU Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on November 16. The agenda will include the following points:

  • Middle East peace process: The ministers will take stock of developments in the situation and identify ways to mobilize the international community's efforts to relaunch the peace process;
  • Migration: Following the summit in Valetta (November 11 to 12) and the high-level meeting on the Balkans Route on October 8, the ministers will notably work on strengthening the protection of the EU's external borders and on preparations for the next summit between the EU and Turkey;
  • Syria: Following the meeting in Vienna on Syria, the ministers will take stock of the political transition, the fight against terrorism and humanitarian assistance;
  • Libya: The ministers will discuss the situation in the country and the political process backed by the UN;
  • Eastern Partnership: the ministers will discuss the situation in Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.



Development / EU – Launch by Annick Girardin of a public consultation on the future of the Cotonou Agreement (November 13, 2015)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will today launch a public consultation on the future of the Cotonou Agreement after 2020. This agreement, which was signed in 2000, provides the framework for political and trade relations as well as development cooperation between the EU and 79 countries from sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

This event will be attended by representatives of the European institutions, civil society, the private sector, foundations, think tanks and academics.



Africa / Training – Annick Girardin launches a program for the African leaders of tomorrow (November 13, 2015)

Annick Girardin, minister of state for development and Francophony, is launching a program today for the African leaders of tomorrow. Supported by the Africa-France Foundation, the program will be run by Sciences-Po Paris, the Institut supérieur de management (ISM Dakar), the University of Cape Town, and the training center of the French Development Agency (CEFEB).

This annual program will train managers of companies or organizations to face the challenges of growth and sustainable development on the African continent. Designed for high-potential students from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, it will be conducted in partnership with French and African companies.

Sciences-Po and the French Development Agency will be signing a partnership agreement on this occasion.



Burundi / United Nations – Security Council Resolution (November 12, 2015)

France welcomes the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2248 on the situation in Burundi. In this resolution, which we initiated, the Council calls on the parties—given the urgency of the situation—to renounce all forms of violence and resolutely commit to the path of national dialogue.

The Security Council has also expressed its intent to consider additional measures aimed at all Burundian actors who, by their actions or speech, perpetuate violence and hinder the search for a peaceful solution.

France hopes that Burundi will find its way back to the path of peace and stability.



Health – Report on the decrease in global maternal mortality rates (November 12, 2015)

France welcomes the reduction of global maternal mortality rates by nearly half (44%) since 1990. These encouraging results of a joint study by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division were published in the November 12 edition of The Lancet.

The fight against maternal and infant mortality is one of France's public health priorities. It is also one of the Millennium Development Goals. Since 2011, France has supported maternal and infant health, committing nearly 500 million euros for the 2011-2015 period through the French Muskoka Fund.

This commitment has had remarkable results, notably in the countries of French-speaking Africa and countries in crisis, and is continuing as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.


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