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Visit to France by Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs (October 16-17, 2012)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator and Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on October 17.

This meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on the crises in Syria and the Sahel.

During this visit, Laurent Fabius signed, together with Ms. Amos, a joint statement on the partnership between France and the OCHA. This text reaffirms France’s support for OCHA’s role and the work carried out by Ms. Amos. This text will allow us to strengthen our strategic relationship through regular exchanges and consultations.

Ms. Amos’s visit falls within the framework of the political and institutional dialogue that France maintains with the UN humanitarian actors. OCHA’s role is key because it coordinates all international humanitarian assistance in emergency situations.

France supports the principles that allow the UN humanitarian institutions to work under often difficult conditions: respect for humanitarian principles, respect for international humanitarian law, guaranteed security for humanitarian personnel and free and unrestricted access to the populations, the protection of civilians, notably displaced persons and the coordination of humanitarian assistance.


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