The President had a meeting at the Elysée this afternoon with leaders of development and international solidarity non-governmental organizations in the framework of preparations for the forthcoming G8 summit, to be held in Lough Erne in the United Kingdom on 17 and 18 June.
The meeting brought together the organizations Action Against Hunger, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Coordination SUD, Forim, France Libertés, Gret, One, Oxfam, Sherpa, Sidaction and Transparency International.
It was an opportunity to discuss food security, nutrition, health, combating violence against women, and the fight against tax avoidance and evasion and tax havens.
The President confirmed that France intends to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
The meeting also provided an opportunity to take stock of progress since the Conferences on Development and International Solidarity, whose closing session the Head of State chaired on 1 March in the company of Senegalese President Macky Sall.
The President confirmed that a National Council for Development and International Solidarity will soon be established. It will provide a flexible framework for the state to regularly consult elected representatives and civil society (parliament members, local authorities, NGOs, companies, unions and researchers).
An outline and programming bill on French development policy will be presented to Parliament before the end of the year./.