Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, visited Ankara from October 20 to 21 to participate in the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
The minister of state underscored the importance of prevention through warning systems that are adapted to the fight against drought and will make the case for renewable energies in the areas threatened by deforestation. She took part in a round table on sustainable land management and met with international NGOs working in the field of desertification. On this occasion, she had several meetings, both with the Turkish authorities (Mustafa Öztürk, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Murtaza Yetis, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Syrian affairs, refugees and humanitarian assistance) and with the representatives of the organizations providing assistance to the Syrian refugees in Turkey (UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and the International Organization for Migration).
Annick Girardin paid tribute, at Democracy Square, to the victims of the attack carried out on October 10 in Ankara.