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French Council of Investors in Africa enters into cooperation with Global Fund

The French Council of Investors in Africa (CIAN) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) have announced a cooperation agreement that will involve French companies in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative will promote joint-activities including around skills transfer, advocacy, prevention, and health care delivery systems. 

Press release – Global Fund

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Oxfam France and Coordination SUD call on French President to maintain commitment to 0.7% target

Oxfam France and the French largest NGO umbrella organization, Coordination SUD, have welcomed French President Macron’s announcement that the country will adopt a roadmap to reach 0.55% of GNI for ODA by 2022. Yet they also both noted that this is below France’s commitment to the UN’s 0.7% target.

Coordination SUD further pointed to the recent cuts in public spending for 2017, including for ODA, and to the canceling of the expansion of the scope of the financial transaction tax (FTT), one of France’s major sources for ODA financing.

Statement – Oxfam France (in French)

Statement – Coordination SUD (in French)

France

French President tasks government with presenting roadmap to reach 0.55% by 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron reinforced his commitment to international cooperation and development on the occasion of a meeting with Bono, founder of the NGO ONE, where the President committed to reaching Official Development Assistance (ODA) levels of 0.55% of national income by 2022. President Macron has asked the Prime Minister and the government to present a roadmap for reaching this target. The roadmap will be made public sometime during the fall of 2017. Funding will mainly support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on education, health, and women's empowerment.

The announcement comes soon after the government’s decision to implement public spending cuts across all ministries, which will affect the 2017 ODA budget in the form of a 141€ million decrease. The cuts cover various ministerial portfolios in an attempt to reach the European Union's 3% deficit target still this year.

Press release – Elysée

News article - Reuters

France

French President reaffirms commitment to the battle against HIV/AIDS

President Emmanuel Macron received representatives of the community of people living with HIV at the Elysée Palace and reaffirmed France’s leading role in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The meeting took place after Macron was publicly criticized by NGOs for his absence at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris. During the Elysée meeting, Macron committed to making sure the French Government continues supporting the most vulnerable populations affected by HIV. He also stressed the long-standing tradition of French leadership in this field – especially with regard to research and to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He likewise noted France's scientific and financial commitment to research, innovation, access to treatment, and international cooperation, in order to contribute to the goal of eradicating HIV/AIDS by 2030.

Press release - Elysée (in French)

France Global health

IAS Conference produces statement calling for sustainable investments in HIV/AIDS research

As the 9th International Aids Society (IAS) Conference wrapped up in Paris, organizers - and the French Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) - released the ‘Paris Statement: HIV Science Matters’. The statement emphasizes the importance of research to end HIV/AIDS and calls for sustainable investments in the field. Noting that the US is the leading contributor to the fight against HIV/AIDS, it also encourages US President Trump not to cut budget lines that would undermine efforts.

According to an article from Le Monde, the US disbursed €4.2 billion for HIV programs in 2016, well above the next largest contributions from the UK (€645.6 million) and France (€242.4 million).

News article – Le Monde (in French)

Paris Statement - IAS

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French Minister of Environment, Nicolas Hulot, releases report on France’s adoption of SDGs

On the occasion of the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York, the French Minister of Environment, Nicolas Hulot, put forward a report looking into France’s progress toward helping meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report maps out what’s been done to date, what are the goals and the challenges faced, and what should be the strategy for the total implementation of the 2030 Agenda, both in terms of domestic and foreign policy.

Report – Ministry of the Environment (in French)

France

Italian diplomat appointed OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

Italian diplomat Lamberto Zannier has been named the new High Commissioner on National Minorities for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) by the OSCE Ministerial Council. Zannier joins a list of Italian politicians in leadership positions of key international institutions, including Antonio Tajani (President of the European Parliament), Federica Mogherini (High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy), Mario Draghi (President of the European Central Bank), and Filippo Grandi (UN High Commissioner for Refugees).

Along with Zannier, the OSCE Ministerial Council appointed:

  • Thomas Greminger of Switzerland as OSCE Secretary General
  • Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir of Iceland as Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Harlem Désir of France as OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Press release - OSCE

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French Minister of Foreign Affairs mentions ODA for education as one of five focus areas of France’s diplomacy of influence

During a speech at the ‘day for cooperation and cultural action network’, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, spoke about his vision for French diplomacy in the upcoming years, arguing that France’s standing in the world depends on its diplomatic policy. Le Drian’s speech set up five guidelines for the country’s diplomatic efforts: 1) climate change, where the Paris Agreement should be considered irreversible and its implementation a priority; 2) education, as a central pillar of development initiatives, and as a way of helping diminish security challenges in the long run, 3) rejuvenation of the perception of the French cultural model through promoting creativity and innovation and France’s cultural industries; 4) increased scientific and academic cooperation; and 5) a focus on Africa, including for development assistance and migration management policies. The latter follows the launch of the Sahel Alliance with Germany and the EU. On education specifically, the Minister called for an increase in the total amount of bilateral assistance for education to be disbursed based on gender-equality criteria.

With regards to development policy, he also noted that France’s credibility relies upon defining a roadmap to reach the 0.7% target – a goal already achieved by Germany and the United Kingdom.

Speech – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)

France

Germany, France, and the EU launch the ‘Alliance for the Sahel’

Together with the European Commission, the German and French governments have launched the ‘Alliance for the Sahel’. Pushed for by French President Macron, the new initiative identifies the Sahel as a core strategic area and plans to pioneer an integrated approach to address development and security challenges in the region. It aims to guarantee “security and stabilization in the short term; and development in the middle to long term”.

Regarding development, the Alliance will focus on:

  • poverty eradication
  • developing of rural areas
  • youth education and employment
  • improvement of energy infrastructure
  • governance strengthening

The Alliance also announced the establishment of advisory centers for migration in Africa to support returned refugees in domestic job markets. Other institutional partners include the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and UNDP.

Feature story – European Union External Action

Press kit – Elysee (in French)

Press release – BMZ (in German)

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IDDRI releases working paper on NGO mobilization around SDGs in France and Germany

A new comparative study of the French think tank Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) details the possibilities and challenges faced by NGOs involved in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in France and in Germany. Entitled “How do NGOs mobilize around the SDGs and what are the ways forward? A French-German comparison”, the paper addresses several issues, including NGOs' relationship with the public and private sectors, the level of mobilization around the SDGs, and the courses of action taken by organizations in both countries. It also identifies possible ways forward for the relevant actors. 

Working paper – IDDRI

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