The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - December 14, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Human rights – Presentation of the 2016 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic by Jean-Marc Ayrault (Paris - December 15, 2016)

◢  Central African Republic – Meeting between the minister and the special representative of the UN secretary-general for the Central African Republic (December 14, 2016)

◢  Colombia, Haiti – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (December 16-19, 2016)

◢  European Union – Speech by Harlem Désir to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Paris - December 14, 2016)

◢  Middle East peace process

 
Human rights – Presentation of the 2016 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic by Jean-Marc Ayrault (Paris - December 15, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will present, together with Christine Lazerges, Chair of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, the 2016 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic at the Quai d'Orsay on December 15.

This prize is awarded by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights and recognizes field projects focusing on the promotion and protection of human rights. Our entire diplomatic network is committed to encouraging associations from all countries to submit a candidate.

This year there are five winners:

  • Support Group for Refugees and Repatriated Persons (Groupe d'appui aux rapatriés et réfugiés) (Haiti)
  • Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho A.C. (Mexico)
  • Africa Diaspora Forum (South Africa)
  • Tomorrow's Foundation (India)
  • Dupont Organization for Social Development (Organisation Dupont pour le développement social) (Burkina Faso)



Central African Republic – Meeting between the minister and the special representative of the UN secretary-general for the Central African Republic (December 14, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet today with Parfait Onanga, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Central African Republic.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the situation in CAR and to reaffirm France's support for the efforts of MINUSCA to protect the civilian populations and consolidate peace in CAR.



Colombia, Haiti – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (December 16-19, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Colombia and Haiti from December 16 to 19.

In Colombia, Jean-Marc Ayrault will launch, in Bogota, the cultural exchange season aimed at promoting the richness and diversity of our ties. He will reaffirm France's support for the peace initiatives launched by President Juan Manuel Santos, who recently received the Nobel Peace Prize. Lastly, during a visit to Medellin, he will take stock of the contribution of French firms to the Colombian economy, especially in the area of urban development.

In Haiti, Jean-Marc Ayrault will express France's solidarity in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Following a working meeting with Jocelerme Privert and his government, he will visit the town of Jérémie, where the French sécurité civile [emergency services] teams provided emergency relief. He will meet with the local authorities there, as well as the voluntary community actors working on the ground to restore health infrastructure, rebuild schools and restore agricultural production capacity.



European Union – Speech by Harlem Désir to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Paris - December 14, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will deliver a speech during a meeting of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council today when its plenary assembly will review the draft opinion on the development of a European pillar of social rights.

At the request of France and several of our partners, the European Commission launched broad consultations in March on the development of a European pillar of social rights. Harlem Désir, together with Myriam El Khomri, Minister of Labor, wanted the Economic, Social and Environmental Council to contribute to this debate.

During his speech, Harlem Désir will emphasize three priority areas for France:

  • improving access to the labor market, notably by facilitating the mobility of young people and by supporting life-long learning;
  • ensuring fair and just working conditions, notably by combating social and fiscal dumping, promoting gender inequality in the workplace and establishing a minimum wage in all member states;
  • ensuring that European citizens are protected against unexpected events, by introducing a guaranteed minimum income in every member state and by establishing a minimum level of healthcare coverage.



Middle East peace process

According to the Palestinian ambassador to France, France is going to postpone the conference on Middle East peace originally scheduled to take place in December in Paris until January. Can you confirm that it will be postponed? For what reason?

At this stage, France has not yet officially confirmed the date for this conference. We will do so as soon as possible based on the results of the consultations under way with all of our partners concerned.


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