The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - July 6, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Indonesia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Indonesian counterpart, Ibu Retno Marsudi (July 6, 2016)

◢  Human rights / Youth / Health – Jean-Marc Ayrault's meeting with participants in the "LabCitoyen" program (July 4, 2016)

◢  Climate / Health – Opening by André Vallini of the 2nd Global Conference on Health and Climate (Paris - July 7, 2016)

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo – Attack in Oicha (July 4, 2016)

◢  Yemen – Attack in Aden (July 6, 2016)

 
Indonesia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Indonesian counterpart, Ibu Retno Marsudi (July 6, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive his Indonesian counterpart, Ibu Retno Marsudi, today.

They will take stock of the development of our bilateral relations, notably with respect to trade and human exchanges.

Mr. Ayrault and his counterpart will also discuss the peace process in the Middle East and the fight against terrorism.



Human rights / Youth / Health – Jean-Marc Ayrault's meeting with participants in the "LabCitoyen" program (July 4, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today receive the 50 participants in the 2016 edition of the "LabCitoyen" program organized by the Institut fran├žais.

Every year in Paris, the "LabCitoyen" program brings together young foreign French speakers aged 20 to 26 from all over the world in order to promote the French language and human rights. The 2016 edition will be marked by the launch of a network of "young ambassadors for human rights of the French Republic," who will continue to work together once they return to their countries of origin.

This year's theme will be "Health and human rights." Our country is the second largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and is fully mobilized to ensure in particular that everyone has access to medical care. We work closely with the World Health Organization and call on the international community as a whole to demonstrate solidarity.



Climate / Health – Opening by André Vallini of the 2nd Global Conference on Health and Climate (Paris - July 7, 2016)

On July 7, André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will open the 2nd Global Conference on Health and Climate, organized by France and the World Health Organization. He will deliver a speech, notably in the presence of Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, Hakima El Haite, Minister in charge of the Environment of Morocco, and the Queen of Spain.

This conference will bring together more than 300 participants, political decision-makers, high-level scientific experts, health professionals and civil society representatives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development from July 7 to 8.

They will take stock of the dramatic consequences of climate change on human health, all of which constitute challenges that the international community must address in a spirit of solidarity. Air pollution, which is responsible for almost 7 million deaths per year according to the WHO, heat waves, flooding, droughts, the degradation of water resources, and the spread of infectious diseases and their vectors have a severe impact on populations, especially the most vulnerable.

Following the work carried out on these issues during the Paris Climate Conference, the conclusions of these two days of work will be forwarded to the Moroccan presidency of COP22 which is due to open in Marrakesh in November.



Democratic Republic of Congo – Attack in Oicha (July 4, 2016)

France condemns the attack which killed 9 people on July 4 in the town of Oicha in Beni territory in North Kivu, which has already been hard hit by terrorism.

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

Resolute and coordinated action by the Congolese army and MONUSCO is urgently needed in order to protect the civilian population and restore security in the provinces bordering Lake Kivu.



Yemen – Attack in Aden (July 6, 2016)

France condemns the attack of July 6 on Yemeni security forces in Aden, which killed a dozen people. We offer our condolences to the victims' families.

We reiterate our support for the legitimate authorities of Yemen and for the Yemeni people in the fight against terrorism.

Only a political solution to the crisis in the country will bring a lasting return to stability. France reaffirms its support for the efforts of the UN special envoy for Yemen to that end.


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