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Fermeture des consulats généraux de Suisse à Karachi et à Los Angeles

Diplomatie Suisse-Documents - mer, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Dans le cadre des réformes structurelles décidées par le Conseil fédéral le 8 novembre 2017, le DFAE a informé le Conseil fédéral, lors de sa séance du 25 avril 2018, de la fermeture du consulat général de Suisse à Karachi (Pakistan) et du consulat général de Suisse à Los Angeles (Etats-Unis) d’ici au 31 décembre 2018.

Le Conseil fédéral pose les prochains jalons de ses relations avec le Royaume-Uni

Diplomatie Suisse-Communiqués - mer, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Le Conseil fédéral entend garantir les droits et les obligations réciproques qui lient la Suisse au Royaume-Uni au-delà de la date à laquelle ce dernier quittera l’Union européenne (UE). Dans la perspective d’une phase de transition entre l’UE et le Royaume-Uni, il a précisé, lors de sa séance du 25 avril 2018, la stratégie «Mind the Gap» adoptée en octobre 2016 et arrêté les prochaines étapes.

Fermeture des consulats généraux de Suisse à Karachi et à Los Angeles

Diplomatie Suisse-Communiqués - mer, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Dans le cadre des réformes structurelles décidées par le Conseil fédéral le 8 novembre 2017, le DFAE a informé le Conseil fédéral, lors de sa séance du 25 avril 2018, de la fermeture du consulat général de Suisse à Karachi (Pakistan) et du consulat général de Suisse à Los Angeles (Etats-Unis) d’ici au 31 décembre 2018.

Rapport 2017 sur la politique migratoire extérieure

Diplomatie Suisse-Documents - mer, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Ces dernières années, les défis posés en matière de politique migratoire n’ont cessé de croître. Face aux flux de migrants qui traversent la Méditerranée et aux répercussions du conflit syrien notamment, la Suisse s’engage fortement aux niveaux bilatéral, régional et multilatéral. L’amélioration de la coordination interdépartementale en 2017 permettra, par ailleurs, d’associer plus étroitement politique migratoire et collaboration internationale. C’est ce que relève le Conseil fédéral dans son rapport 2017 sur la politique migratoire extérieure de la Suisse, qu’il a adopté lors de sa séance du 25 avril 2018.

Lutte mondiale contre la pauvreté en milieu rural et en faveur d’une agriculture durable: la Suisse renouvelle son soutien au Fonds international de développement agricole

Diplomatie Suisse-Documents - mer, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Lors de sa séance du 25 avril 2018, le Conseil fédéral a adopté un budget de 40 millions de francs en faveur du Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) pour la période 2019–2021. Au cours des années à venir, la Suisse soutiendra ainsi à travers le monde 44 millions de paysans qui se trouvent dans des régions reculées particulièrement touchées par la pauvreté. De 2010 à 2015, les projets du FIDA ont fourni une aide à quelque 139 millions de personnes, par exemple en créant des caisses d’épargne agricoles qui allouent des petits crédits destinés au financement d’activités économiques.

Rapport 2017 sur la politique migratoire extérieure

Diplomatie Suisse-Communiqués - mer, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Ces dernières années, les défis posés en matière de politique migratoire n’ont cessé de croître. Face aux flux de migrants qui traversent la Méditerranée et aux répercussions du conflit syrien notamment, la Suisse s’engage fortement aux niveaux bilatéral, régional et multilatéral. L’amélioration de la coordination interdépartementale en 2017 permettra, par ailleurs, d’associer plus étroitement politique migratoire et collaboration internationale. C’est ce que relève le Conseil fédéral dans son rapport 2017 sur la politique migratoire extérieure de la Suisse, qu’il a adopté lors de sa séance du 25 avril 2018.

Lutte mondiale contre la pauvreté en milieu rural et en faveur d’une agriculture durable: la Suisse renouvelle son soutien au Fonds international de développement agricole

Diplomatie Suisse-Communiqués - mer, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Lors de sa séance du 25 avril 2018, le Conseil fédéral a adopté un budget de 40 millions de francs en faveur du Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) pour la période 2019–2021. Au cours des années à venir, la Suisse soutiendra ainsi à travers le monde 44 millions de paysans qui se trouvent dans des régions reculées particulièrement touchées par la pauvreté. De 2010 à 2015, les projets du FIDA ont fourni une aide à quelque 139 millions de personnes, par exemple en créant des caisses d’épargne agricoles qui allouent des petits crédits destinés au financement d’activités économiques.

Un mode de vie ‘Zéro déchet’ pour atteindre le bonheur et les objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU

ONU - mar, 04/24/2018 - 23:40
De passage à l’ONU pour faire la promotion du ‘Zéro déchet’, la Française Bea Johnson a expliqué à ONU Info les bienfaits de ce mode de vie pour l’environnement, la santé, le portefeuille et le bien-être tout simplement.

Le HCR et l'OCDE lancent un plan d'action pour stimuler l'emploi des réfugiés

ONU - mar, 04/24/2018 - 23:38
Le HCR, l'Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, et l'OCDE, l'Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, ont lancé mardi un plan d'action pour élargir les possibilités d'emploi pour les réfugiés.

Press Releases: Remarks at a State Luncheon in Honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Macron

US Diplomacy-Press releases - mar, 04/24/2018 - 23:13
Remarks John J. Sullivan
Acting Secretary of State Ben Franklin Room
Washington, DC
April 24, 2018

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Well, thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. I’m honored to join Vice President Pence in welcoming President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to the State Department. Bienvenue. It’s fitting that we meet here today in the Benjamin Franklin Room, where we have welcomed many French presidents and diplomats in the past, and for good reason: Benjamin Franklin was a central part of our two countries’ diplomatic relationship. As the United States’ first ambassador to France appointed 240 years ago, he was instrumental in establishing with France our young republic’s first treaty alliance. From the very beginning of our nation’s history, the United States and France have shared deep and abiding friendship built on our foundational commitment to the defense of liberty in our own countries and around the world.

President Macron, your visit today offers an opportunity to deepen this historic relationship at a time when it has never been more important. Today, the United States and France are together addressing global security challenges and supporting the democratic aspirations of people across the globe as well as taking a firm, unapologetic stand against regimes that use despicable means like chemical weapons against their own people. Creating a more secure and prosperous future for ourselves, for our children, for our grandchildren requires steadfast and willing partners. We are so grateful for President Macron. He is that partner and that leader.

Fortunately, our countries also benefit from longstanding commercial and educational ties. Our economic relationship is robust and growing with more than $1 billion in daily bilateral commercial transactions. And our education and cultural exchange programs serve as a foundation for fostering the deep people-to-people ties that bind the United States and France so closely. We are proud that the hallmark educational program between our two countries, the U.S.-France Fulbright, is one of the oldest and largest in Europe. The program just celebrated 70 years of engagement and has provided 20,000 American and French students with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in each other’s country.

Of course, we know that our partnership is not just about the past; it’s about the future. We look forward to working with President Macron to address the global challenges that lie ahead.

With no further ado, please join me in a toast.

To President Macron and to the people of France, may our alliance grow ever stronger and more dynamic over the next 240 years and beyond. A votre sante.

And now it’s my great honor to introduce the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence. (Applause.)

(The Vice President gives remarks.)

PRESIDENT MACRON: (Via interpreter) Mr. Vice President, Madam Pence, Secretary of State, Madam Rodriguez, members of the American Congress and of the French parliament, ladies and gentlemen, it is, for Brigitte and myself, an immense honor, as well as for the whole of our delegation, to be together with you today in this temple of American diplomacy, a diplomacy which has for a long time been close to France. You both reminded us, Mr. Vice President and Secretary of State – reminded us of the deepness of our bonds, as illustrated by our contact with President Trump since we arrived yesterday.

We’ve always been there for one another. When it was about building a new, free country, some young Frenchmen came to support it because they’d found about the values of the United States. When on both sides of the oceans it was about defending that freedom, you joined us on the occasion of the First as well as the Second World War, where you stood with us to defend our values and this joint destiny. And all along these centuries, your diplomacy – and I apologize to the military present here; our defense is great because our diplomacy is great, and they strengthen each other. Your diplomacy has constantly been working with ours in order to build a coherent approach of the world.

In this place, some major events for our modern peace have been prepared for or agreed upon, and this is in particular based on the friendship between our two countries, which has contributed to forging this Western world based on democracy, the freedom of individuals, and enabled us to build the international order that we know. It is based upon a balance, always fragile because it relies on the powers and counter-powers and what each and every one does, but it is an indispensable balance for the world. An economic, financial, political order has been put together after the Second World War. Is it perfect? Probably not. Can it be improved? Definitely. Have we seen anything better? I do not think so. This order that we built, which your diplomacy contributed to, is the one which is in the name of all values from the United Nations to the IMF and the World Trade Organization. And thanks to all of the international organizations we’ve put together, this order enables us to enjoy the framework for our cooperation and for defending our values, and this is what we’re here to defend today.

I will talk about it further tomorrow when I take the floor before the Congress. It is an honor for France, and I shall thank your country and President Trump for that. And I will say it once again: I believe in a modern multilateralism, a strong one which knows how to be respected, how to build peace, foster peace, and foster jobs as well. It’s not about endless regulations. Neither it is about a new framework within which we would give up on the values, on everything we’ve taken so much time to build. So in this place, which is so important for the history of your country as well as the history of our relationship. I’m well aware that I’m talking to leaders in a place where a lot of our future will be decided.

I also would like to say a few words about our economic relations. Today you’re here with as many men and women who very much are in charge thanks to their investments of our economic bonds. And the United States of America, as a matter of fact, is the first foreign investor in France. And it is also the first country where French businesses invest. In total, it is $100 billion in goods and services that we exchange every year.

It is therefore a relationship based upon the strength of our economic relation. Because there’s always something more than the economy between our two countries, because it is a vision of the world, our values, our joint ambition. From distribution to finance, the energy sector, the defense sector, research, education, scientific cooperation, we have these strong bonds. Over the past few months, we implemented on both sides of the ocean some major reforms, which have brought about some new momentum to these exchanges. Since 2017, the United States is once again the first source of foreign investment in France, and I’m very pleased about it and would like it to continue.

And I’m very pleased that some of you have, over the past few weeks and even today, have announced some huge investments in France in the field of tourism or the media, intelligence, artificial – artificial intelligence, the financial sector, the pharmaceutical sector as well, and I would like us to continue to work to that end. Investments – investing in a business, investing in human capital through education and training.

This is absolutely indispensable for us to succeed. In France, we will continue to implement reforms and to transform the country in order to make it even more competitive, so that within the European Union, we can shoulder all of our responsibilities and support the necessary reforms in the coming month and continue in education, in culture, in research, and in the business sector, continue to be the leader that we are. In order to be – continue to be this counterpart that we’ve been to the United States for a long time.

Of course, it is about creating new jobs for our peoples, in particular, our middle classes. It is about also facing up to the coming challenges: the energy transformation as well as the digital transformation. Everything that will be required in terms of intelligence – artificial intelligence, the changes that it will bring about, ability to attract talents. And we will have to work to make sure that it is still possible because we know how to defend this peace that we cherish together. And be it about the international order or the economic order we believe in, we can only keep them if we constantly reinvent them by managing to convince, on a daily basis, our fellow citizens that this is the right thing for them. There can be no success detrimental to our peoples. And I know that we cannot succeed without protecting and continuing to cherish our values. This is against this background that we will face up to the challenges ahead of us, be they political or economic.

But I’m aware that in this city, and together with you, secretary of state, Mr. Vice President, and together with President Trump, we have reliable allies. We have one historical ally, which means that any disagreement we may all have at some point in time will not overcome the strength of history, the weight of our duty and the values that we’ve been sharing.

So please allow me to raise my glass to this house, to your diplomacy, to all of our guests who are keeping alive the relationship, the economic relationship, between our two countries. Raise my glass to your present, to your people, to the friendship between the United States of America and France. Sante. Cheers. (Applause.)

Thank you.


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Press Releases: Ambassador Nathan A. Sales Travel to France and Jordan

US Diplomacy-Press releases - mar, 04/24/2018 - 22:52
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 24, 2018

Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will be in Paris April 26-27, to lead the U.S. Department of State delegation at the Ministerial Conference to Combat the Financing of Terrorism. The Ministerial’s goals are to strengthen international understanding of terrorist financing networks, increase implementation of terrorist financing laws and regulations, build international cooperation, and serve as a platform to discuss opportunities and challenges arising from new technology. Ambassador Sales’ participation in the conference will also facilitate a discussion on methods to increase the effective implementation of terrorist financing tools against all terrorist organizations, individuals, and supporters.

Following the conference, Ambassador Sales will travel to Jordan to participate in meetings to maintain international and regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism.


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Press Releases: The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Dedicates the New U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

US Diplomacy-Press releases - mar, 04/24/2018 - 21:38
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 24, 2018

As a display of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson and U.S. Consul General in Nuevo Laredo Phillip Linderman, along with local officials, dedicated the new U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico today.

The new U.S. Consulate General provides a safe and secure platform for diplomacy and includes an office building, a U.S. Marine security guard residence, a support annex, and facilities for the Consulate community.

Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica, California, is the design architect, and PAGE of Washington, D.C., is the architect of record. B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama is the construction contractor.

As part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has completed 142 new diplomatic facilities since 1999 and has an additional 59 projects in design or under construction.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to host nations and support staff in achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities represent U.S. values and the best in U.S. architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at FousheeCT@state.gov, or visit www.state.gov/obo.


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Syrie : à Bruxelles, l’ONU lance un appel de fonds de 9,1 milliards de dollars pour sa réponse humanitaire

ONU - mar, 04/24/2018 - 21:07
A l’ouverture de la Conférence de soutien à l’avenir de la Syrie et de la région qui se tient à Bruxelles, les Nations Unies ont lancé un appel de fonds urgent de 9,1 milliards de dollars pour l’année 2018.

Press Releases: Fortune's Most Powerful Women To Mentor 16 Women From Around the World

US Diplomacy-Press releases - mar, 04/24/2018 - 20:46
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 24, 2018

Global women leaders from 13 countries arrived in the United States this week for the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. The 16 participants will spend a month engaging in skills trainings, panel discussions, networking events, and mentorships with executives from the Fortune Most Powerful Women community. This partnership leverages the expertise of American leaders in the public and private sectors to support women’s economic empowerment.

The United States is a leader in championing gender equality. Now in its 13th year, this program includes over 300 alumnae who have worked with mentors from America’s most prestigious companies, such as Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, and Accenture. This year’s class of emerging-leader mentees includes women from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Kenya, Macedonia, Mongolia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, and Vietnam.

The program is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State, Fortune Most Powerful Women, and Vital Voices Global Partnership. For press inquiries, contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at ECA-Press@state.gov. Follow #FortuneMPW on social media for updates.


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L’ONU lance un projet de prévention de l’extrémisme violent en Jordanie, en Libye, au Maroc et en Tunisie

ONU - mar, 04/24/2018 - 20:45
L’UNESCO et le Centre des Nations Unies pour la lutte contre le terrorisme (UNCCT) ont lancé mardi un projet sur la prévention de l'extrémisme violent par l'autonomisation des jeunes en Jordanie, en Libye, au Maroc et en Tunisie.

Members reiterate concerns over waste products, feed wheat, pulses and other goods

Organisation mondiale du commerce - mar, 04/24/2018 - 19:00
WTO members expressed once again concerns over measures affecting waste products, feed wheat, pulses and other goods at the 20 April meeting of the Committee on Import Licensing. The Committee also elected its new chair, Ms Lorena Rivera Orjuela (Colombia).

Press release: Minister for Europe attends Gallipoli Commemorations in Turkey

UK Diplomacy-Press releases - mar, 04/24/2018 - 18:53
The UK’s Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, is in Turkey for the Gallipoli Commemorations 2018

L’OMS appelle à accroître la couverture vaccinale à travers le monde

ONU - mar, 04/24/2018 - 18:44
A l’occasion de la Semaine mondiale de la vaccination, du 24 au 30 avril, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) appelle les gouvernements et les gens à tous les niveaux à accroître la couverture vaccinale pour sauver des millions de vies à travers le monde.

Nicaragua : le chef de l’ONU appelle au dialogue après des manifestations meurtrières

ONU - mar, 04/24/2018 - 18:20
Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, s’est dit préoccupé par les décès lors des récentes manifestations au Nicaragua et a appelé toutes les parties concernées à la retenue.

Press Releases: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan With Traveling Press

US Diplomacy-Press releases - mar, 04/24/2018 - 17:58
Special Briefing En Route to Washington, DC
April 24, 2018

QUESTION: We’ll just ask you a couple questions, seriously. I don’t think – on the record, though?

MS NAUERT: Have you seen the communique yet?

QUESTION: I have not.

MS NAUERT: Okay. So you haven’t --

QUESTION: I just got WiFi back.

MS NAUERT: Got it. Okay.

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Oh, that’s the – I’m sorry, I was going to say --

QUESTION: Yeah, yeah.

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: -- is that your WiFi indicator? No, that’s fine.

QUESTION: Yeah, no, that’s – (laughter) –

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: This is the final draft?

QUESTION: Yeah. I think (inaudible) the best part.

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: This is the final final?

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Okay. It’s still marked “draft” by the way --

QUESTION: Oh, okay.

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: The final’s out.

QUESTION: All right, good. Well, we want to ask you about all the disinformation, the steps you agreed to take, and the G7 agreed to take to combat Russian propaganda and disinformation. It sounds like you have this real – a real concrete plan for it.

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: There was a lot of discussion about disinformation, propaganda. I think we settled on “disinformation,” which is the word --

QUESTION: Okay.

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: -- that’s used in the communique. The communique, as I recall, does not specifically cite Russia, but Russia was the principal object of the discussion. And the way forward is that we’ve tasked experts within our governments, respective governments, to work between now and the G7 summit to come up with a proposal for the G7 leaders to address this problem that we’re unanimous is a threat to our political systems.

QUESTION: Were you hearing that everybody is experiencing it to some degree?

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Everybody’s concerned about it to some degree. Others – some – I spoke to Italian Government officials when I was in Rome before their most recent elections. They were concerned about it. They didn’t think that they had been hit as hard as some other governments might have been, so --

QUESTION: This is on the record, just to be --

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Yeah. No, I’ve said this at our – in our press in Rome that they are concerned. They were concerned about particularly Russia interfering in their elections. Other countries, such as ours, the United States, has clearly experienced information and disinformation targeted by Russia. But it’s important that the – to note that the communique – we’re not focused exclusively on Russia. Russia’s the problem that we have identified, but there are other potential sources as well.

Having said that, the discussion focused on Russia.

QUESTION: What were those other sources?

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Potentially North Korea, or other potential malign actors, and nonstate actors.

QUESTION: This may well be the last trip for you --

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: I hope so.

QUESTION: -- as Secretary of State.

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: I hope so. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: Well, what do you – what about – just for the record, what are you most proud of in your tenure? Any advice for the new guy?

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: What am I most proud of? Not anything I did, but what the department did, just keeping things going. We’ve done this G7 ministerial, we did the Summit of the Americas without a secretary of state, with an acting secretary of state. And I think having things go running – I won’t say well, but we kept things together, and we’ll present the new secretary, when he’s confirmed, with an outstanding group of women and men in the Foreign Service and Civil Service. So I’m looking forward to continuing their work for the United States under his leadership as secretary of state.

QUESTION: That’s wonderful. Thank you so much.

QUESTION: Okay. Thank you so much for having us, sir. Appreciate it.

QUESTION: Appreciate it, thanks for having us.

ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you.

QUESTION: Best of luck to you.

QUESTION: Thank you, nice to meet you.

QUESTION: See you around Foggy Bottom.


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