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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, May 26, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

Climate - Presentation of the leading sponsors of the Paris Climate Conference - COP21 by Laurent Fabius (Paris, May 27, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and COP21 President, this morning presented to the press the 20 largest sponsors of the Paris Climate Conference, which include multinational corporations and SMEs.

ACI, Air France, Axa, BNP Paribas, Caisse centrale de réassurance, Caisse des dépôts et consignation, JC Decaux, Derichebourg, EDF, Engie, ERDF, Galerie Lafayette, Generali, Ikea, LVMH, Michelin, La Poste, Renault Nissan, Suez Environnement, Syndicat des eaux d’Ile de France have therefore made a commitment to ensuring the conference’s success.

A dozen other companies have confirmed that they also intend to contribute on an unprecedented scale, alongside the public authorities, to the organization of this event.

In addition to these direct contributions to the organization of COP21, the companies are particularly concerned about the fight against climate disruption. Several hundred of them made commitments to that end at the "Business and Climate Week" in Paris last week. These steps, which are linked to states’ commitments, are necessary in order to limit global warming to less than 2°C or 1.5 °C.


Morocco - 12th high-level meeting between France and Morocco (May 28, 2015)

On the occasion of the 12th high-level meeting between France and Morocco which will be attended by government leaders and is due to take place on May 28, Laurent Fabius will open the France-Morocco Business Leaders’ Club Forum.

Our common goal is to continue strengthening our partnership by developing joint projects in growth areas (transport, renewable energy, the digital sector, tourism), focusing on emerging markets in the region, especially in Africa.


OECD - Reappointment of Angel Gurria as secretary general (May 26, 2015)

France welcomes the reappointment of Angel Gurria for a third term as secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the period 2016-2021. Angel Gurria, who has led the organization since 2006, has raised the institution’s profile and given it new impetus.

The OECD is actively involved in the preparations for COP21. The standards that it sets serve as a reference in several areas: taxation, the fight against corruption, corporate social responsibility, development and governance.

France will continue to rely on the OECD’s expertise in order to develop and implement ambitious reforms aimed at building a competitive economy that will generate employment and will continue to undertake efforts to achieve fairer and more effectively regulated globalization.


Africa - Cooperation - Opening of the 16th International Forum on the African Continent (May 28, 2015)

The 16th International Forum on the African Continent (FICA), financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development’s Directorate for Security and Defense Cooperation, in collaboration with the Institut de Hautes Etudes de la Défense, will open on May 28 at the école Militaire in Paris.

This forum will provide an opportunity to present the main aspects of cooperation with Africa in the areas of security and defense, notably aimed at improving security and development in the border areas.

Attendees from 43 African countries, the AU, the European External Action Service as well as 8 regional African organizations will take part in the work of the forum, which will come to a close on June 4.

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