Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, is meeting today with Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, who is taking part in the preparatory conference in Paris jointly organized by the French authorities and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities.
As a founding member of the UN in 1945, France places great importance on the multilateral system, in which it plays a leading role on a number of issues. Among the main United Nations bodies, it is a permanent member of the Security Council, alongside the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and China. It is also involved in its subsidiary bodies, including the Human Rights Council, and is a permanent member of the Conference on Disarmament. Moreover, it is particularly active within the specialized agencies, as well as the United Nations funds and programmes.
Within the United Nations, France is active in every field, in the political field (reform of the United Nations and the Security Council) as well as those of Human Rights (re-elected to the Human Rights Council in November 2013), the environment and climate change, official development assistance and maintaining international peace and security.