The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - October 10, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Sahel – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the France-Sahel Decentralized Cooperation Conference (Poitiers - October 10-11, 2019)

◢  OECD / Development Assistance Committee – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne attending the Tidewater meeting of development ministers (Lyon - October 10-11, 2019)

◢  United Nations – World Day against the Death Penalty (October 10, 2019)

 
Sahel – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the France-Sahel Decentralized Cooperation Conference (Poitiers - October 10-11, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is taking part in the first France-Sahel Decentralized Cooperation Conference in Poitier.

This conference has been organized by the department of Vienne, Cit├ęs unies France (United Cities of France) and the umbrella organizations of the local authorities of the five countries invited, with the support of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. It follows the adoption in November 2018 by the National Commission for Decentralized Cooperation (CNCD), under the chairmanship of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, of a roadmap on decentralized cooperation with the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad).

This conference reflects the shared ambition of the government and the local and regional authorities to develop decentralized cooperation in these countries in order to promote community-based efforts, access to basic services and support for local development, in line with the Sahel Alliance principles.

The local and regional authorities of France and the Sahel have launched an innovative approach within the "Sahel Project Group" in order to share their experiences, provide mutual support and promote the pooling of resources and the scaling up of projects. The African partners have formed an Alliance of Local Government Associations of the Five G5 Sahel States.



OECD / Development Assistance Committee – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne attending the Tidewater meeting of development ministers (Lyon - October 10-11, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will attend the informal Tidewater meeting of development ministers from nations belonging to the OECD's Development Assistance Committee, to be held in Lyon on October 10 and 11.

The minister will co-chair this meeting with the chair of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC), Susanna Moorehead. International development organizations will also take part in the discussions.

This ministerial meeting will discuss four key challenges for development policy:

  • the relationship between the OECD's traditional donors and emerging donors, which are increasingly investing in developing countries.
  • preventing vulnerabilities and responding to crises and conflicts: following on from the meeting of G7 development ministers in Paris on July 4, Mr. Lemoyne will reaffirm France's commitment to make further investments in key human development and stabilization sectors in the Sahel, alongside its partners.
  • supporting the private sector and creating jobs in developing countries, especially for women and young people: France will underscore the importance of public development assistance to mobilize other sources of financing and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • presenting development policy as a crucial pillar of our foreign policy, enabling us to respond to the deep-rooted causes of crises and destabilizing factors in the world that have a direct impact on our citizens' security.

The Tidewater meeting contributes to the positive momentum on meeting sustainable development challenges and combating inequality promoted by the French G7 presidency in 2019, which led to concrete commitments taken during the meeting of G7 development ministers in Paris on July 4. It is also part of a broader set of international development meetings, following the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Lyon (October 9-10), and coming before the Pledging Conference of the Green Climate Fund, to be held in Paris on October 24-25.

For more information about France's development policy, go to http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/politique-etrangere-de-la-france/developpement/.



United Nations – World Day against the Death Penalty (October 10, 2019)

On the 17th World Day against the Death Penalty, France reaffirms its opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances and encourages all states that still apply the death penalty to establish a moratorium on it with a view to its definitive abolition.

France welcomes the adoption in January of the annual UN General Assembly resolution calling for a universal moratorium on the death penalty, supported by a record 121 states.

The French presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in conjunction with the city of Strasbourg, is hosting a conference today to mobilize support for the abolition of the death penalty, the almost complete elimination of which on the European continent remains one of the Council of Europe's greatest successes.


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