The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - October 11, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Italy – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (Rome - October 12, 2016)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in the 10th anniversary of the International Business Volunteers (VIE) club (Paris - October 11, 2016)

◢  Development – André Vallini's participation in the "International Dialogue on Migration" (Geneva, October 11, 2016)

◢  Burundi – Independent experts on the human rights situation declared "persona non grata" (October 10, 2016)

◢  United Nations – International Day of the Girl Child (October 11, 2016)

 
Italy – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (Rome - October 12, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Rome on October 12 at the invitation of his counterpart Paolo Gentiloni for a trilateral meeting, in which Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Minister of Foreign Affairs will also participate.

This meeting will focus on relaunching the European project and on key current international issues.



Economic diplomacy – Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in the 10th anniversary of the International Business Volunteers (VIE) club (Paris - October 11, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today take part in the celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Business Volunteers (VIE) club.

The VIE club, which was created in 2006 by Business France, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development's agency responsible for promoting French businesses abroad and enhancing their appeal, is an association which brings together all former international volunteers: national service volunteers (VSN), those working abroad in lieu of national service (CSN), as well as international business volunteers (VIE) and international administrative volunteers (VIA).

The purpose of this association is to create a network for exchanging information in order to help young people who have benefited from these schemes to enter the job market. The VIE club is now a dynamic network active in 45 countries which brings together more than 10,000 people.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will present the award for becoming the 10,000th member of the VIE club to Anne Dervilly, a former VIE in Sierra Leone.



Development – André Vallini's participation in the "International Dialogue on Migration" (Geneva, October 11, 2016)

André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will take part in the "International Dialogue on Migration" in Geneva today. This workshop, organized by the International Organization for Immigration (IOM), has taken place every year since 2001 and is one of the main forums for discussing this issue.

In a context marked by the scale of population displacement and migration, André Vallini will reaffirm the urgent need to provide responsible and supportive responses by tackling the root causes of migration.

During his visit, he will also meet with senior officials from the international agencies and organizations in Geneva (IOM, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), as well as with officials from international organizations in the field of health including the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI).



Burundi – Independent experts on the human rights situation declared "persona non grata" (October 10, 2016)

France deplores the decision by the Burundi authorities to declare the three members of the mission of independent experts on the human rights situation in Burundi, established by the UN Human Rights Council in December 2015, "persona non grata."

This decision undermines the credibility of Burundi's commitment to human rights.

We call on Burundi to reverse its decision and to cooperate fully with the UN.



United Nations – International Day of the Girl Child (October 11, 2016)

On the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child organized by the UN, France reaffirms its commitment to defending the fundamental rights of girls and to combating forced and early marriages.

We are mobilized at the national level and within the multilateral forums to put an end to all forms of gender-based violence and to combat the inequalities that remain between girls and boys in terms of access to education, nutrition, legal rights and medical care.


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