The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - June 6, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian to Congo, Chad and Ethiopia (June 7-8, 2018)

◢  Myanmar / Burma – Signing of the tripartite agreement between Burma, the UNDP and the UNHCR on the return of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine State (June 6, 2018)

◢  Development – The OECD's Development Assistance Committee issued its recommendations on France's development policy (Paris - June 6, 2018)

◢  United Nations – Election of the president of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (June 6, 2018)

 
Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian to Congo, Chad and Ethiopia (June 7-8, 2018)

The minister for Europe and foreign affairs will visit Congo, Chad and Ethiopia from June 7 to 8.

This visit is taking place within the framework of our close and regular dialogue with the African Union (AU) and the African countries committed to peace and security on the continent. These meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss regional security challenges, notably the situation in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Sahel, Libya, Somalia and South Sudan. They will also provide an opportunity to discuss our partnership with the Republic of Congo, Chad, Ethiopia and the African Union.



Myanmar / Burma – Signing of the tripartite agreement between Burma, the UNDP and the UNHCR on the return of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine State (June 6, 2018)

France welcomes the agreement concluded today between Burma's civilian government, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Development Program (UNDP).

This tripartite agreement is an important step toward preparing the conditions necessary for the safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of the Rohingya refugees. It is consistent with the statement made by the President of the Security Council on November 6, 2017 and the press statement issued by the Security Council on May 9.

In this respect, France continues to support the work of the UN and the humanitarian organizations on the ground.

France calls on the Burmese authorities to fully cooperate with Christine Schraner Burgener, the new Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Burma, and to implement all of the recommendations provided in the Kofi Annan Commission report, as they pledged to do so, in order to address the root causes of the crisis.

France reaffirms its support for Burma's democratic transition and for the efforts of the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi to advance the rule of law and respect for human rights and civil liberties in Burma.



Development – The OECD's Development Assistance Committee issued its recommendations on France's development policy (Paris - June 6, 2018)

Today the OECD's Development Assistance Committee gave the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs the conclusions of its peer review on France's development policy for the period of 2013-2018.

The OECD's Development Assistance Committee conducts a peer review every four years. This examination of its members' development policies is a fundamental exercise in transparency toward the international community and civil society. [This latest review] was conducted over a six-month period and enabled examiners from the OECD, the Netherlands and Luxembourg to meet with a wide range of stakeholders in the development field at the national level, from ministerial departments, representing operators and civil society, in Paris and on the ground.

The Development Assistance Committee examined changes in France's development system since its last peer review in 2013, along with recommendations. It applauds France's renewed ambition with respect to development and the increase in resources allocated to official development assistance announced by President Macron and recorded by the Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development on February 8 of this year.

The committee emphasizes the leading role played by France in combating climate change and in helping the most vulnerable nations respond to crises and situations of fragility by promoting an agenda that combines security and development. It also reaffirms France's support for modernizing development financing as part of the UN's 2030 Agenda, and focusing its multilateral assistance on official development assistance priorities, climate and health.

In cooperation with all its partners, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will rely on the committee's recommendations in pursuing the policy it adopted a year ago to overhaul its approach to development and international solidarity.

To read France's memorandum on its cooperation policies provided to the OECD's Development Assistance Committee in October 2017 for the peer review, click HERE, and for the conclusions of the Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development, dated February 8, 2018, click HERE.



United Nations – Election of the president of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (June 6, 2018)

France congratulates María Fernanda Espinosa Garcès, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, on her election as president of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, due to open on September 18.

We look forward to working closely with María Fernanda Espinosa Garcès on all issues addressed by the General Assembly, notably the Global Compact for the environment, the defense of human rights and migration.


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