Jean-Marc Ayrault took part in the opening session of the 6th World Congress against the Death Penalty on June 21 in Oslo. This edition was co-sponsored by France, alongside Norway and Australia.
The minister of foreign affairs and international development reaffirmed France’s resolute and unwavering commitment to the universal abolition of the death penalty, which is an inhumane, unjust and ineffective punishment.
He underscored the importance of collective action to achieve this goal, while the death penalty remains in force in 58 countries and there were at least 1,634 executions in more than 20 countries in 2015 – the highest number since 1989.
On this occasion, Jean-Marc Ayrault met with his Norwegian counterpart, Borge Brende, with whom he discussed key international crises as well as the implementation of the Paris agreement. Norway is a partner of France that has shown itself to be especially committed to ensuring the success of COP21.