[France-Diplomatie - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development] What's new Hello Here is the site's newsletter "France-Diplomatie - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development" (/en). This letter summarizes the articles and news items published since days. New articles -------------------------- ** 730. Africa – Cooperation – Opening of the 16th International Forum on the African Continent (28.05.15) ** by Nicolas Ballot - 27 mai 2015 The 16th International Forum on the African Continent (FICA), financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development’s Directorate for Security and Defense Cooperation, in collaboration with the Institut de Hautes Etudes de la Défense, will open on May 28 at the École Militaire in Paris. -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/africa/events-4123/article/africa-cooperation-opening-of-the ** 430. OECD – Reappointment of Angel Gurria as secretary general (26.05.15) ** by Nicolas Ballot - 27 mai 2015 France welcomes the reappointment of Angel Gurria for a third term as secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the period 2016-2021. Angel Gurria, who has led the organization since 2006, has raised the institution’s profile and given it new impetus. -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/economic-diplomacy-foreign-trade/events-2134/article/oecd-reappointment-of-angel-gurria ** 770. Morocco – 12th high-level meeting between France and Morocco (28.05.15) ** by Nicolas Ballot - 27 mai 2015 On the occasion of the 12th high-level meeting between France and Morocco which will be attended by government leaders and is due to take place on May 28, Laurent Fabius will open the France-Morocco Business Leaders' Club Forum. -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/morocco-285/events-3182/article/morocco-12th-high-level-meeting ** Climate – Presentation of the leading sponsors of the Paris Climate Conference – COP21 by Laurent Fabius (27.05.15) ** by Nicolas Ballot - 27 mai 2015 Laurent Fabius presented to the press the 20 largest sponsors of the Paris Climate Conference, which include multinational corporations and SMEs. -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/climate-7436/events-7880/article/climate-presentation-of-the ** 580. Climate – Presentation of the leading sponsors of the Paris Climate Conference – COP21 by Laurent Fabius (27.05.15) ** by Nicolas Ballot - 27 mai 2015 Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and COP21 President, this morning presented to the press the 20 largest sponsors of the Paris Climate Conference, which include multinational corporations and SMEs. -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/climate-7436/events-7880/article/climate-presentation-of-the ** 10. France’s role in NATO ** by Marc Blanchi - 27 mai 2015 France’s role in NATO during the Cold War France was a founding member of NATO and fully participated in the Alliance from its outset. Paris was home to its first permanent Headquarters. In 1966, France decided to withdraw from the NATO Integrated Military Command Structures. That decision in no way undermined France’s commitment to contribute to the collective defence of the Alliance. Instead, it aimed, in the words of General de Gaulle, to “modify the form of our Alliance, without altering (...) -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/defence-security/french-defence/france-and-nato/article/france-s-role-in-nato ** 40. International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (4 April every year) ** by Marc Blanchi - 27 mai 2015 For this International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, France wants to reaffirm the importance it attaches to the fight against anti-personnel mines and other explosive remnants of war. Thousands of people around the world continue to be killed or maimed every year by mines and other explosive remnants of war. More than 40 countries and territories are affected by these weapons. In addition to the terrible suffering they inflict upon their victims, these weapons are a (...) -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/disarmament-and-non-proliferation/france-and-the-elimination-of-anti/article/international-day-of-mine ** 30. The French policy on the elimination of anti-personnel mines (CNEMA and CLAM) ** by Marc Blanchi - 27 mai 2015 In order to ensure compliance with its obligations under the Ottawa Convention, France established an original body in 1998, the National Commission for the Elimination of Anti-Personnel Mines (CNEMA). The National Commission for the Elimination of Anti-Personnel Mines (CNEMA, Commission nationale pour l’élimination des mines antipersonnel) is a forum for discussion and information. It is made up of and involves, in the greatest transparency, members of Parliament, officials from the (...) -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/disarmament-and-non-proliferation/france-and-the-elimination-of-anti/article/the-french-policy-on-the ** 20. International instruments to combat anti-personnel mines ** by Marc Blanchi - 27 mai 2015 Two legal instruments contribute to combating mines, based on two different approaches: regulation of the use of all mines, including both anti-personnel and anti-vehicle types, under the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW); total ban on anti-personnel mines under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (Ottawa Convention). 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) CCW Protocol II on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other (...) -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/disarmament-and-non-proliferation/france-and-the-elimination-of-anti/article/international-instruments-to ** 870. Madagascar: diversifying network resources to improve teaching of French (27.05.15) ** by Nicolas Ballot - 27 mai 2015 The European Union Delegation has decided to draw on the ability of the French network to implement programmes supporting the teaching of French in the framework of its projects. This decision is based in particular on the synergies between the French MAPEF (Madagascar – APpui à l’Enseignement du et en Français / Support for teaching in and of French) project and the European PASSOBA-Education project. This approach has made it possible to obtain European funding and enabled the implementation of the project by the Institut français (French Institute) in Madagascar. -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/the-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-158/the-cooperation-and-cultural/our-innovative-network-projects/article/madagascar-diversifying-network ** "Our innovative network": projects around the world (27.05.15) ** by Nicolas Ballot - 27 mai 2015 Madagascar: diversifying network resources to improve teaching of French -> http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/the-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-158/the-cooperation-and-cultural/our-innovative-network-projects/article/madagascar-diversifying-network