Statement by Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
I welcome the decision taken on June 13 by the Global Partnership for Education Board of Directors, which met in Stockholm, to open a European office in Paris. France is proud to welcome a component of the Global Partnership for Education teams who play a key role in providing children in partner countries - especially the poorest countries and those affected by conflict - quality basic education, ensuring girls’ equal access to education.
This office, which will be located in the World Bank premises in Paris, will strengthen synergies between the international organizations based in Paris that are active in the area of education, especially the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as well as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF). This office will also help to bring the Global Partnership for Education closer to its partners, especially in Africa and Asia.
This announcement, which comes just ahead of the joint meeting of G7 development and education ministers in Paris from July 4 to 5, 2019, reflects the priority accorded by France, in its external action, to the issues of access to quality education for all, within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This priority is also reflected by an increased financial commitment. During the Global Partnership for Education Conference in Dakar in February 2018, co-chaired by President Macron and his Senegalese counterpart, France increased its contribution to the Global Partnership for Education tenfold to €200 million. It is also increasing its bilateral support for education, especially for girls and in fragile states, notably in the Sahel.