From the Ambassador’s Desk
Fall always brings a new energy: new projects begin and new colleagues arrive to contribute to our work furthering French-American relations.
This year, as ever, the French diplomatic agenda has been very busy. At the end of August, French President Emmanuel Macron and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian addressed French ambassadors from around the world at our 26th annual Ambassadors Conference, which was dedicated to “Alliances, values and interests in today’s world.” President Macron recalled his major initiatives on European defense, multilateralism and trade, but also common goods such as education, health, environment and the digital sector.
The 73rd UN General Assembly took place from September 18 to October 5. The 193 members states met to discuss some of the major issues on the world stage. President Macron addressed the General Assembly on September 25, he emphasized the significance of multilateralism in resolving world crises and threats.
While in New York, President Macron, President of the World Ban Jim Yong Kim, and former mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg hosted the second annual One Planet Summit. Global private and public sector actors evaluated the progress of the climate change initiatives that were established in last years’ summit.
Later on, Minister Le Drian went to Boston on a bilateral visit for a discussion about the future of diplomacy and multilateralism at Harvard Kennedy School. During the trip he also participated in a panel on the dynamism and innovation of French tech in the Boston area. He then returned October 4 and 5 for a bilateral visit here, in Washington D.C to discuss major issues with his counterpart, Mike Pompeo.
And of course, we also have some important events upcoming on our agenda.
From November 11- 13, France will be hosting the Paris Peace Forum. The first edition of this annual event will be dedicated to the promote governance solutions in major fields such as: peace and security, environment, development, new technologies and inclusive economy. More locally, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the November 11 armistice ending World War I with an event at the Embassy, and we hope you will join us. At the same time, a delegation of more than 30 representatives from the US Congress will be in Paris for the 34rd TransAtlantic Capital to Capital Exchange. They’ll take part in the Paris Peace Forum and will be in French Capital at the great time of WWI commemoration ceremonies.
With all of the events and so many more at the French Embassy and in our consulates, where you are also most than welcome, I wish you a very active and fruitful remainder of this fall season.