United Nations – Security Council – Assessment of the French presidency (June 30, 2016)


Significant progress on a number of fronts was made during the French presidency of the UN Security Council in June 2016:

  • the protection of civilians in peacekeeping operations: Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, chaired a public debate on June 10, which was notably attended by the UN secretary-general and Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic.
  • peace and security: Under our presidency, the Security Council extended the mandate of the European naval operation, EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia, in order to help improve implementation of the arms embargo on Libya (UNSCR 2292). It strengthened the mandate and increased the troop levels of MINUSMA in Mali in order to support the peace progress and to protect civilians in a difficult security environment (UNSCR 2295). The Security Council also took decisions regarding the UN operations in Darfur, in the Golan Heights, and reaffirmed its determination in the face of North Korea’s proliferation activities. Our permanent representative also attended - in his capacity as president of the Security Council - the signing of the ceasefire agreement on June 23 concluded in Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC;
  • United Nations: The Security Council developed an approach and set out the next steps for the discussions between the members on the appointment of the future UN secretary-general. The first straw poll will be held on July 21.