Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting New York on March 28 to attend the Security Council’s open debate on peacekeeping operations.
This debate, which will be chaired by the Dutch Prime Minister, is part of the momentum for peacekeeping created by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Mr. Lemoyne will stress France’s support for the peacekeepers.
France is the fifth-largest contributor to the budget for peacekeeping operations and is an active participant with 820 peacekeepers, most based in Lebanon. It also works on the ground to support the UN, particularly with the Barkhane force in Mali. We play an active role in the Security Council developing mandates for operations and also train numerous troops and police officers who subsequently serve under the UN flag.
During his visit, Mr. Lemoyne will meet with Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, the British Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. He will also meet with the group of ambassadors from French-speaking countries and will discuss peacekeeping with representatives of think tanks and civil society organizations.