Emergency diplomacy: a decade of commitment (10 July 2018)

The Crisis and Support Center (CDCS) of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is marking its 10th anniversary. It was established to professionalize crisis and aid operations, helping to better structure and coordinate consular and humanitarian missions under the Ministry’s authority.

The Crisis Center helps assist French nationals in difficulty abroad and coordinates France’s humanitarian support for foreign populations, particularly in natural disasters. Since 2015, the CDCS has also been responsible for the Interministerial Victims Aid Unit (CIAV), which deals with relations with the families of French and foreign victims in attacks on our soil. It was activated, for example, during the attacks on France in 2015 and 2016.

The CDCS wanted to share these 10 years of engagement on behalf of our compatriots abroad and of populations affected by crises worldwide by hosting, on July 10, a morning of first-person accounts and round tables. It will take place at the Quai d’Orsay and will be attended by the Center’s employees, guests, and public and private partners. Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the minister, will speak on that occasion.

This event will be streamed on social networks, and a dedicated website (http://www.fdip.fr/10cdcs, in French) will showcase the various aspects of the Center’s mission.