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Official speeches and statements - December 3, 2019

Published on December 3, 2019

1. Iran - Joint statement by France, Germany and the United Kingdom (Paris - November 30, 2019)

As founding shareholders of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), France, Germany and the United Kingdom warmly welcome the decision taken by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden to join INSTEX as shareholders.

This step further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran and is a clear expression of our continuing commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Full and effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is of the utmost importance. Iran must return to full compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA without delay.

We reaffirm our readiness to consider all mechanisms in the JCPOA, including the dispute resolution mechanism, to resolve the issues related to Iran’s implementation of its JCPOA commitments.

We remain fully committed to pursuing our efforts towards a diplomatic resolution within the framework of the JCPOA.

[source of English statement: French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs website]

2. Maritime transport - France re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - Press release issued by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition (Paris - December 2, 2019)

On the occasion of the 31st General Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is being held in London from November 25 to December 4, 2019, France was re-elected to the Council. It is the organization’s most important executive organ.

IMO is the global authority responsible for setting security, safety and environmental performance standards for international maritime transport. Its main role is to create a fair, effective regulatory framework for the industry which is then universally adopted and implemented.

Following the political declarations of 83 ministers and high authorities, the Assembly voted to re-elect the Council, which is IMO’s executive organ tasked, under the Assembly’s authority, with supervising the work of the institution. France was re-elected with the support of 145 member states. It has been a member of the Council since its creation.

Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister of State for Transport, welcomes this re-election, paying tribute to the commitment of IMO and its secretary-general to combating climate change. This impetus led to the adoption in April 2018 of the strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

The Minister of State also wishes to highlight France’s commitment to this work. Regarding the means of achieving it, the Minister of State recalled France’s vision during his participation in the General Assembly of the International Maritime Organization in London on November 26, 2019:

"Solutions - reducing ships’ power or speed, improving their efficiency, wind power, carbon-neutral fuel - matter little unless the result is deliverable and can be measured and verified, to guarantee they are credible and fair."

France will therefore continue to promote sustainable maritime transport for a sustainable planet, supporting IMO’s central role in developing and promoting maritime transport to address the challenges of the 21st century.

3. Biodiversity - COP25 - Press release issued by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition (Paris - December 2, 2019)

In the framework of COP25, Brune Poirson, Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, has today signed with Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the agreement to create a new trust fund devoted to biodiversity.

Through the creation of this fund dedicated to protecting biodiversity, we are taking a first step towards finding sustainable solutions to restore and manage tropical forests, which are essential to protecting both biodiversity and the climate, thanks to their roles as carbon sinks.

At the One Planet Summit in New York in September 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a €24 million contribution to this new trust fund hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank and dedicated to biodiversity, the Natural Capital Lab, whose priority sectors are the fight against deforestation, the transition to responsible agriculture and the protection of biodiversity.

At the G7 summit in Biarritz in August 2019, France sought to steer the actions of this new fund towards projects devoted to combating deforestation in Latin America, especially the Amazon region.

Brune Poirson is today signing the agreement to create the fund, specifying that the projects presented must be to support the continent’s tropical forests, in particular in the Amazon basin.

The creation of the fund is also in line with the alliance to protect tropical forests sought by the French President during the meeting devoted to the Amazon region on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019, where he announced a $100-million contribution by France to the fight against deforestation.

France’s appropriations to the Natural Capital Lab are included in the 2020 budget.

The action reflects France’s desire to take action internationally to combat the erosion of biodiversity, with the year 2020 set to be decisive because it will include, in June, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress in Marseille and then COP15 on biodiversity in Kunming, China.