The event was jointly organized by France and Germany, with the co-sponsorship of around 20 countries that took part in the conflict, in order to remember the tragedy of the First World War and to promote a message of peace and reconciliation.
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.
In December 2013, France holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). For further information: read the statement by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
Our last Council Presidency dates back to August 2012. The matters handled by France during that presidency included Syria, the Sahel and Sudan/South Sudan.
Updated: November 2013
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