Interview of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Charlie Rose September 26, 2014 Charlie Rose : Laurent Fabius is here, he is the French Foreign Minister, he also served as Prime Minister of France from 1984 to 1986. He’s in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. On Wednesday an Algerian based jihadist group released a video showing the execution of a French tourist. The group claims solidarity with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also called Daesh by some people, (...)
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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