France announces establishment of Development Council and confirms significant increase in development assistance
In an address to the National Assembly on June 13, 2019, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe reaffirmed the French Government's commitment to the promotion of multilateralism.
Philippe announced the establishment of the first 'Development Council', a new body to supervise French development policy. The Council will be headed by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and will be organized in July.
Notably, Philippe indicated that the new Orientation and Program Law on Development and International Solidarity, which aims to modernize the French development assistance apparatus, including a binding financial trajectory to reach 0.55%/GNI by 2022, will be presented at French Parliament in autumn of 2019 and discussed in 2020.