French NGOs release statement in support of Global Fund

French NGOs have released a statement in support of the work done by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) to date, calling on world leaders to mobilize the necessary funding to achieve a successful replenishment round for the fund. France hosts the replenishment conference on October 10, 2019 in Lyon.

Signatories of the statement include Global Health Advocates, AIDES, Coalition PLUS, Equipop, Le Planning Familial, ONE France, Médecins du Monde, Sidaction, Solidarité Sida, and Solthis.

Press release - Solidarité Sida (in French)


French president Macron launches national strategy for combating poverty

French President Emmanuel Macron has launched a national strategy for preventing and combating poverty, aiming primarily at combating inequality and providing equal opportunities in France. He has devoted €8.5 billion to the strategy, which has five key objectives:

  1. Preventing poverty by acting from early childhood
  2. Halving the rate of material deprivation for children by 2022
  3. Investing intensively in youth education
  4. Promoting an equitable social system, which provides more incentives to the restarting of an activity
  5. Allowing everyone to flourish with the dignity and sense of social utility, provided by work by combining access to rights, social support, and training towards employment

Document - Ministry of Health (in French)


France hosts launch of Global Fund replenishment campaign

French Minister Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian hosted the launch event for the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) campaign, officially kicking off efforts to gather resources for the Global Fund's 2020-2022 period. France hosts the replenishment conference in Lyon on October 10, 2019. 

Attendees included Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. Charles Gomis, ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire in France, and Pr. Hakima Himmich, president of the non-governmental organization Coalition PLUS. The session was moderated by Stéphanie Seydoux, the French ambassador in charge of global health issues.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)

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Bono visits French President Macron to discuss ODA and gender equality

Bono, singer and co-founder of the global poverty organization ONE, met with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss France's 0.55%/GNI to official development assistance (ODA) commitment and gender equality, in advance of France’s G7 Presidency in 2019.

It is the second time that Bono has met with Macron at the Elysée palace, following their first meeting in July 2017. A strong advocate for international development and the fight against poverty, Bono has also previously met with three other French presidents: Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande.

News article - Ouest France (in French)


Oxfam France launches online citizens’ platform to advocate for a fairer economy

Oxfam France has launched an online platform to encourage French citizens to contact their members of parliament and advocate for stronger wording in two draft laws to be debated by  the French parliament in September. The first focuses on fiscal fraud, and the second on growth and business transformation. Oxfam argues that as currently drafted, both laws "lack ambition" to allow a fairer distribution of resources and wealth between businesses and their employees, which Oxfam claims is in part responsible for a growing inequality in France: in 2017, the richest 10% of people held over half of the country’s wealth.

Website - Oxfam (in French)


French president appoints François de Rugy as environment minister

French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed François de Rugy as his new environment minister, replacing Nicolas Hulot, who recently resigned over his perceived apathy towards environmental issues in Macron's cabinet. 

De Rugy has more than 25 years of experience as an environmental advocate. He joined Macron's party, La Republique en Marche (LRM) in early 2017. According to Macron, de Rugy is a pragmatist who will be more flexible than his predecessor, who was known for his uncompromising defense of environmental issues.

Article - Le Monde (in French)


French Secretary of State participates in 2018 Convergences development forum

At the Convergences development forum held from September 3-4, 2018 in Paris, French Secretary of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne highlighted France's leadership in innovative financing and asked other countries to follow suit.  

Convergences is an annual event aiming to share knowledge on and propose innovative solutions to climate change, poverty, and inclusive growth. The French foreign ministry was a partner of this year’s conference, and Lemoyne took part in a panel discussion on innovative financing for health, alongside panelists from the World Bank, Nexleaf, Orange, and Gavi. 

Press release - Minister of Foreign Affairs (in French)


French foreign ministery announces quadrupling of France's grant funding

In the first-ever speech given by a foreign minister at the headquarters of the French Development Agency (AFD), Jean-Yves Le Drian promised to quadruple France’s grant funding, up to €1.3 billion in the 2019 budget. According to Le Drian, this increase in grant funding is direct implementation of President Emmanuel Macron’s promise to promote a policy of “solidarity in investment”.  The new grants will be directed to priority areas already identified since President Macron took office: health, education, climate change, and gender equality. 

Article - Les Echos (in French)


IDDRI study on marine managment highlights increased pressure on world's oceans

A recent study by the French Sustainable Development and International Relations Institute (IDDRI) highlights that the world's ocean resources are under increasing pressure, as a result of new exploration and exploitation in traditionally inaccessible Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). These areas cover nearly half of the Earth’s surface and host a significant portion of its biodiversity.  The report provides a guide to the issue for both experts and newcomers to the subject, in advance of United Nations (UN) negotiations which are due to start in September 2018 for an international legally-binding instrument to protect and regulate access to and sharing of marine genetic resources in those areas.

 Publication - IDDRI


French Development Agency releases new 2018-2022 strategy

The French Development Agency (AFD) has published its new 2018-2022 strategy. Entitled 'For a common world', the strategy describes how the AFD’s work will cluster around five major themes:

  1. Developing low-carbon technology, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement
  2. Ensuring that projects are financing are “social development” by tackling inequalities, promoting education and women’s rights, and strengthening the links between communities and regions
  3. Developing a “3-D” vision of the AFD’s work: contributing to development, defense, and diplomacy
  4. Increasinginvestment in non-state actors in priority countries (e.g., local authorities, businesses, non-governmental (NGO), foundations, private and financial sector organizations)
  5. Enacting a “partner reflex”: supporting projects done in partnership with organizations.

Under the framework of these five overarching priorities, the AFD will focus on facilitating six key transitions:

  1. Demography, digital/technological access
  2. Low-carbon energy access
  3. Good political governance
  4. Environmentally-friendly development of territories
  5. Sustainable – and diversified – economic and financial systems.

Publication - AFD (in French)