Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 16, 2015)

 

• Vanuatu – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius
• Norway - Fight against climate disruption – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Norwegian counterpart, Mr. Borge Brende (Paris, March 17, 2015)
• Egypt – Economic development – Joint declaration by France/ Egypt/ United Arab Emirates (Sharm el-Sheikh, March 14, 2015)
• Pakistan – Attacks against churches in Lahore (March 15, 2015)
• Maldives – Sentencing of former President Mohamed Nasheed
• Brazil – Bus crash (March 14, 2015)
• South Korea – Signing by Airbus Helicopters and Korea Aerospace Industries of a development and manufacture contract (Seoul, March 16, 2015)
• Climate – Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (Montpelier, March 16 to 18, 2015)
 

Vanuatu – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius

The extremely violent Cyclone Pam has devastated Vanuatu in the South Pacific. The number of casualties has not yet been established but there is already extensive material damage. Several thousand people have been left homeless. In these tragic circumstances, my thoughts go to the country’s victims, people and authorities.

France heeded the appeal issued by the president of Vanuatu. On Sunday, we sent experts to help assess the people’s needs. The French armed forces, in collaboration with the Red Cross and our Australian and New Zealand partners, are arranging for emergency humanitarian assistance to be delivered by air or sea to the devastated islands. A maritime patrol aircraft has been assigned to carry out aerial reconnaissance missions, which are essential due to the archipelago’s configuration. The ministry’s Crisis and Support Center is mobilized in Paris. On the ground, despite the fact that communications are difficult, our embassy is in contact with our compatriots and six of them have been evacuated to Noumea. I am personally following all of these operations.

This disaster struck just as the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was taking place in Sendai. 70% of so-called natural disasters are known to be linked to climate disruption. Cyclone Pam is a further warning that the international community should assume its responsibilities.

The primary objective of climate action is to protect the most vulnerable populations. More than ever, we're facing an emergency. Everything possible must be done to ensure that the Paris Climate Conference will result in an ambitious agreement.

 

Norway - Fight against climate disruption – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Norwegian counterpart, Mr. Borge Brende (Paris, March 17, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will tomorrow receive his Norwegian counterpart, Mr. Borge Brende, at the Quai d'Orsay for a meeting on the occasion of the French-Norwegian conference on the Arctic and climate hosted in Paris at the Maison des Océans.

The initiative to hold this conference was launched during the two ministers’ visit to Svalbard in July 2014.

In addition to preparations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, they will discuss key international issues, including the situation in Ukraine and the Middle East.

Norway is deeply committed to the fight against climate disruption and is a key partner in preparing for COP21. Our two countries engage in exemplary cooperation in several areas of scientific research – notably the Arctic, energy and climate.

 

Egypt – Economic development – Joint declaration by France/ Egypt/ United Arab Emirates (Sharm el-Sheikh, March 14, 2015)

A joint declaration on trilateral cooperation between France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to support the implementation of projects in Egypt was signed on March 14 on the sidelines of the Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Ms. Anne-Marie Idrac, Special Representative of Mr. Laurent Fabius for Trade with the United Arab Emirates, signed this joint declaration alongside Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, United Arab Emirates Minister of State, and Ms. Naglaa El Ehwany, Egyptian Minister for International Cooperation. The declaration aims to support the implementation of joint projects, notably in the energy and urban transport sectors, as well as in the new information and communication technology sectors.

France welcomes our dynamic cooperation with the United Arab Emirates and Egypt in support of Egypt’s economic development.

 

Pakistan – Attacks against churches in Lahore (March 15, 2015)

France condemns the attacks perpetrated at the entrances to two churches in Lahore on Sunday, March 15, which killed at least 14 people and injured 70 others.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

France stands alongside the Pakistani authorities and people in the fight against terrorism and encourages the Pakistani authorities to fight against all forms of interfaith violence.

 

Maldives – Sentencing of former President Mohamed Nasheed

We have taken note of the sentencing of former President Mohamed Nasheed to 13 years in prison.

France reaffirms the importance of the right to a fair trial, which is one of the foundations of democracy.

We call on the government of the Maldives to uphold its international commitments in this area.

 

Brazil – Bus crash (March 14, 2015)

We were shocked to learn of the horrific bus crash on March 14 in the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil, which killed 54 people and injured many others.

France extends its condolences to the victims’ families.

At this difficult time, it assures the Brazilian authorities and people of its solidarity.

 

South Korea – Signing by Airbus Helicopters and Korea Aerospace Industries of a development and manufacture contract (Seoul, March 16, 2015)

France welcomes the signing today in Seoul of a major contract between Airbus Helicopters and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

The contract covers the development and manufacture of a new generation of light civilian and military helicopters; more than 300 aircraft are expected to be built. The military aircraft will meet the needs of the Korean armed forces and the civilian helicopters are intended for the Korean civilian and parapublic markets.

This contract is worth a total of €1.5 billion for Airbus Helicopters, which has already demonstrated its expertise in Korea through the program to develop, together with KAI from 2005, the Surion military transport helicopters.

 

Climate – Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (Montpelier, March 16 to 18, 2015)

The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, which begins in Montpelier today, will bring together more than 500 participants from all continents. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, the conference is being organized by French research institutes (notably INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research), CIRAD (Agricultural Research Center for International Development) and IRD (Institute for Development Research)), foreign research institutes, international institutions, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.

In the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, France underscores the key role that agriculture can play in the fight against climate disruption and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Agricultural research and cooperation between research institutes in the North and South are key to meeting these challenges.

We are actively involved in this mobilization. French scientific institutions, grouped together within AGROPOLIS, an association that encompasses more than 2,700 researchers and teachers, represent one of the most important scientific communities in the world in this area.