Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - June 19, 2018)
• Development – Plenary meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (Paris - June 20, 2018)
• UN – International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (June 19, 2018)
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian met this morning with Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
They discussed every aspect of the relationship between France and Hong Kong and spoke of stepping up cooperation in such priority economic sectors as aviation, innovation, finance, health care and aging, sustainable cities, and robotics. They also reiterated both parties’ wish to expand scientific and academic exchanges and facilitate the mobility of young people, as well as cultural cooperation, especially cultural engineering and cultural and creative industries.
Together with Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Ms. Lam also attended today’s ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane marking the delivery of H175 helicopters to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has one of the largest French communities in Asia, with more than 14,000 citizens registered at the Consulate. French exports to Hong Kong have nearly doubled over the past 10 years, and since 2017, Hong Kong accounts for France’s leading trade surplus, ahead of the United Kingdom (€5.2 billion in 2017). With direct foreign investments amounting to €13.2 billion in 2016, France is the eighth-largest foreign investor and second-largest European investor in Hong Kong. More than 800 French companies (including 343 branch offices and 81 regional headquarters) are located there.
Hong Kong is the second-largest Asian investor in France, with direct foreign investments of €5.4 billion in 2017; 70 Hong Kong companies employ 7,000 people in France. The 25th edition of the French May festival drew some 1.2 million viewers to more than 150 events.
On June 20, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will chair the 13th plenary meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (CNDSI).
Discussions will be based on the conclusions presented on June 6 by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which welcomed France’s renewed ambition in the area of development and the increase in resources for official development assistance. The CNDSI was established on the basis of a recommendation issued by the DAC at its last peer review, in 2013.
The CNDSI has 53 members. It facilitates an in-depth dialogue between ministers working on development policy and international solidarity, and other actors involved in this area: NGOs, unions, employers, economic stakeholders, parliamentarians, regional governments, universities and research centers, and high-level foreign figures.
The CNDSI will continue its work on reshaping development policy and international solidarity as requested by the last Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development (CICID) on February 8. It will discuss France’s participation in the high-level political forum on the implementation of sustainable development goals in New York this July, following the launch of the Interministerial SDG Steering Committee by Ministers of State Brune Poirson and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne on April 26. The CNDSI working group responsible for involving the private sector in development policy will present its conclusions before the publication of its report sometime in July.
A detailed report of the session will be put online on the France Diplomatie site.
On this International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, France reaffirms its commitment to combat that scourge.
The UN Secretary-General’s last report on this issue noted 19 conflict situations in which such atrocities were reported and identified 51 parties responsible for the sometimes systematic use of sexual violence as a tactic of war, a method of torture, and a tool of terror.
France is fighting against impunity for sexual violence in conflicts:
- by implementing the Security Council’s "women, peace and security" resolutions, notably through its own national action plan;
- by supporting the efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, notably by funding a position for a young expert at that office;
- by supporting the appointment of advisers responsible for the protection of women within peacekeeping operations.
In July 2017, the mission for humanitarian action at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Center (CDCS) also funded a project by the NGO EliseCare in Iraqi Kurdistan to provide psychosocial support for Yezidi women who were survivors of sexual violence.
Between 2016 and 2018, the CDCS’s stabilization mission funded several projects, notably in the Central African Republic and Yemen, to combat violence against women and to provide them with holistic care (medical, psychosocial, legal, etc.)
France reaffirms its commitment to end all forms of violence against women and girls.