The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - October 17, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Gender equality – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Danielle Bousquet, President of the High Council for Equality between Women and Men (Paris - October 18, 2016)

◢  Heritage – Inauguration of the "Art de la Paix" ("Art of Peace") exhibition (Paris - October 18, 2016)

◢  Tunisia – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Fadhel Abdelkefi, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation (Paris - October 17, 2016)

◢  Climate – Adoption of an amendment to the Montreal Protocol on hydrofluorocarbons (October 15, 2016)

◢  Libya – Occupation by force of the Libyan High Council of State

◢  United Nations – Habitat III conference (Quito - October 17-20, 2016)

◢  Culture – "FranceDanse" festival in Brazil (October - November 2016)

 
Gender equality – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Danielle Bousquet, President of the High Council for Equality between Women and Men (Paris - October 18, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive and Danielle Bousquet, President of the High Council for Equality between Women and Men, on October 18.

This meeting will focus on the ministry's efforts to implement the "Gender and Development" strategy and to promote professional equality between men and women within the ministry.

An interim report on the ministry's "Gender and Development" Strategic Orientation Plan (2013-2017), was submitted by Danielle Bousquet on October 14.

Within the ministry, Jean-Marc Ayrault consistently focuses particular attention on the promotion of gender equality. There are currently 49 female ambassadors, including three in a G20 country. In August 2016, 35.4% of officials appointed for the first time to a leadership position were women. In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development achieved the goal of 30% female officials appointed to leadership positions for the first time.



Heritage – Inauguration of the "Art de la Paix" ("Art of Peace") exhibition (Paris - October 18, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will inaugurate the "Art of Peace: Secrets and Treasures of Diplomacy" exhibition on October 18 at 7:00 pm at the Petit Palais, together with Bruno Julliard, First Deputy Mayor of Paris and Chair of Paris Musées, and Christophe Léribault, Director of the Petit Palais.

This exhibition, jointly organized by the Quai d'Orsay and the Petit Palais, will trace the history of France’s international relations from the Middle Ages to the present day through archival documents. Around a hundred treaties and exceptional documents from the diplomatic archives will be unveiled to the public for the first time. They will echo works of art, inviting reflection on France's pursuit of peace throughout the centuries

This exhibition, which will take place from October 19, 2016, to January 15, 2017, seeks to make the diplomatic archives accessible to the general public.

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Tunisia – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Fadhel Abdelkefi, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation (Paris - October 17, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today receive Fadhel Abdelkefi, Tunisian Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation.

In the run-up to the International Conference on the sustainable development of the Tunisian economy on November 29 and 30, organized by Tunisia and co-sponsored by France and Qatar, this meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of the mobilization of states and private investors.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will launch an appeal for European mobilization at the Foreign Affairs Council today in Luxembourg.



Climate – Adoption of an amendment to the Montreal Protocol on hydrofluorocarbons (October 15, 2016)

France welcomes the adoption on October 15 in Kigali by 197 countries of an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will make it possible to stabilize and then reduce the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are powerful greenhouse gases.

This universal agreement, which is the result of a long negotiation, is fully consistent with the Paris Agreement. It reinforces it by supporting the targets for reducing all greenhouse gases in order to limit global warming to less than 2°C and achieve carbon neutrality by the end of the century.

France welcomes the commitment of all countries to reduce their emissions, on the basis of a specific timetable that takes the diversity of national situations into consideration. It will play its full role in lending financial support to developing countries in order to help them transition toward a world without HFCs.



Libya – Occupation by force of the Libyan High Council of State

France condemns the occupation by force of the Libyan High Council of State, the institution created by the inter-Libyan political agreement, the only legitimate framework and only possible way to restore peace and stability in Libya.

We reaffirm our full support for Prime Minister Fayez Serraj's Government of National Accord and support the efforts of Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Martin Kobler.

France calls on all political forces in the country to unite under the authority of the Presidency Council in order to bring about national reconciliation, effectively combat terrorism and human trafficking and work toward the country's reconstruction.



United Nations – Habitat III conference (Quito - October 17-20, 2016)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, a founder and active member of the "French partnership for cities and territorial development," will take part in the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which is taking place in Quito from October 17 to 20.

Twenty years after the Habitat II conference in Istanbul, more than 150 French stakeholders (administrations, local and regional authorities, companies, academics, researchers, civil society) will attend this major event aimed at implementing the sustainable development goals.

For more information, please visit: http://www.pfvt.fr/fr/un-habitat-2016/la-conference-habitat-iii.



Culture – "FranceDanse" festival in Brazil (October - November 2016)

The "FranceDanse" initiative, conceived by the Institut français, has been promoting French contemporary dance around the world since 2007.

The 2016 edition runs through November 15 in Brazil. It features the work of 16 French companies, from world famous choreographers to undiscovered young talent.

In addition to the shows scheduled to take place in 15 major Brazilian cities, "FranceDanse" Brazil will include a comprehensive program aimed at encouraging new partnerships between French and Brazilian artists: workshops, seminars in collaboration with universities, meetings with artists as well as a selection of films and videos.

The program was developed by the Institut français and the Embassy of France in Brazil in coordination with the Brazilian partners. The initiative is also supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ambafrance-br.org/Presentation.


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