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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.

France

Youth 7 calls on G7 to tackle inequalities and climate change

The Y7, the G7 engagement group mobilizing young citizens from the G7 countries, released an open editorial on the occasion of their meeting in Paris a few weeks before the Biarritz Heads of State Summit to take place August 24-26, 2019.  

Y7 representatives made public a series of recommendations to tackle inequalities including requests to:

- Apply financial sanctions against companies and individuals avoiding paying taxes;
- Demand gender parity in board of trustee of private companies;
- Extend social protection schemes for micro-entrepreneurs working with the digital and sharing economy actors;
- Maximize efforts to reduce carbon emission to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

In the conclusion of their editorial, Y7 representatives called for G7 heads of state to protect future generations from populism fueled by growing inequalities, climate, and technology changes, and to promote social justice and democracy.

News article - Le journal du Dimanche (in French)

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French NGO's welcome World Health Assembly medicines price transparency resolution

NGO's welcomed the World Health Assembly (WHA) medicines price transparency resolution adopted in Geneva on May 28, 2019.

The resolution, initially proposed by Italy and supported by France after intense civil society pressure, calls on governments to share more information about the prices they pay for drugs. Costs for medication vary widely around the world and are often kept secret by manufacturers.

Press release - Medecins du Monde (in French)

France Global health R&D

G20 finance and health ministers to collaborate to promote UHC

With the goal of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in all countries and establishing a sustainable health finance system, the government of Japan will host a group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Health Ministers' Joint Meeting as an official side event to the G20 Osaka Summit, to held on June 28-29, 2019.

Press release - Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (in Japanese)

News article - Japan Times

2019 U20 Tokyo communique focuses on climate action, social inclusion, and sustainable growth

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hosted the Urban 20 (U20) Tokyo Meyers Summit. The communique from the summit focuses on three policy areas:

  1. Climate Action
  2. Social Inclusion and Integration
  3. Sustainable Economic Growth

The U20 group meets in the sidelines of the group of 20 (G20) events to discuss common problems and solutions relating to cities and the goal of achieving a sustainable and inclusive world. U20 participating cities are: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Durban, Hamburg, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Tshwane.

Communiqué - 2019 Urban 20 Tokyo Mayors Summit

Website - U20 The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (in Japanese)  

Action Against Hunger urges UN Security Council to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war

Action Against Hunger, a French NGO, called upon the United Nations (UN) to implement Resolution 2417,  condemning the use of hunger as a weapon of war and decrying the unlawful denial of humanitarian access to civilians in need of assistance.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed the landmark resolution one year ago, but conflict remains the leading cause of acute hunger worldwide.

In remarks delivered at the UN on May 23, 2019, Action Against Hunger reiterated the critical role of the UNSC in the fight against hunger. Advocates specifically highlighted the importance of the UNSC's ability to pressure member states to uphold international humanitarian law and to prevent all impediments to humanitarian access in conflict zones. Accountability for governments who do not act swiftly to relieve starvation in conflict zones was also highlighted as a priority, along with the importance of weighing collateral damage of sanctions and counter-terrorism measures on civillians when considering punitive engagement.

Website - Action against Hunger (in French)

France Global Nutrition

French NGOs advocate for greater transparency on medicines' costs at World Health Assembly

In an open editorial published by Libération daily newspaper, French non-governmental organizations (NGOs) demanded greater transparency on the part of pharmaceutical companies regarding the cost of development, production, and commercialization of medicines in order to better track R&D funding, resulting in a resolution on the issue at the recent World Health Assembly (WHA). 

The resolution was promoted by nine countries and had the support of 100 NGOs globally. French NGOs say that France's adoption of the resolution is an essential step towards a human rights-based approach to health. 

News article - Libération (in French)

France Global health R&D

T20 advocates to focus on Agenda 2030 at Tokyo Summit, among other areas

The Think 20 (T20) published its policy briefs to advocate on the agenda of the Group of 20 (G20) Osaka Summit and will hold a T20 Summit 2019, from May 26 to 27, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan.

The policy briefs focus on ten policy areas:

  1. Task Force 1: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  2. Task Force 2: International financial architecture for stability and development, crypto-assets and fintech
  3. Task Force 3: Climate change and the environment
  4. Task Force 4: Economic effects of infrastructure investment and its financing
  5. Task Force 5: Cooperation with Africa
  6. Task Force 6: Social cohesion, global governance, and the future of politics
  7. Task Force 7: The future of work and education for the digital age
  8. Task Force 8: Trade, investment, and globalization
  9. Task Force 9: Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and the impact of development of financial technology
  10. Task Force 10: Aging population and its impact on the economy and immigration policy

Policy Briefs - T20 JAPAN 2019

Official website - T20 JAPAN 2019
 

French private sector advocates launch global health innovation platform

Eight CEO's of private French companies operating in Africa have created a new platform entitled Business for Global Health / Entreprises pour la Santé Mondiale.

The platform will promote innovative projects and co-invest with global donors. It also aims to mobilize additional European and African companies to take action in the areas of digital health, education and coverage of transmissible and non-transmissible diseases. 

Open editorial- Les Échos (in French)

France Global health

G7 environment ministerial meeting adopts biodiversity charter

At a meeting in Metz, France on May 6, 2019, G7 environment ministers adopted a non-binding charter to protect biodiversity. The joint communiqué excludes the US in the section related to climate change following US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement.

The ministerial meeting included representatives from non-G7 countries such as Mexico, Chile, Niger, Gabon, India, Fiji, and Norway.

News article - AFP 

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