France condemns in the strongest possible terms today's public execution by the Taliban in Afghanistan. This horrific action comes in addition to the many other violations of fundamental rights and freedoms committed by the Taliban against Afghan men and women since they took power by force in August 2021. France reiterates its unwavering opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances. We remain resolutely committed to the abolition of this unjust, inhumane (...)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, the President signed into law: H.R. 7132, the "Safe Connections Act of 2022," which requires mobile service providers, after receiving a line separation request from a survivor of domestic violence, human trafficking, or other related crimes, to separate the line of the survivor and any individual in the care of the... The post Bills Signed: H.R. 7132 and S. 4524 appeared first on The White House.
Development - Catherine Colonna chairs plenary session of the National Council for Development and International Solidar
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna is chairing today's plenary session of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (CNDSI). The CNDSI is a permanent forum that brings together major stakeholders from development organizations and the government to consult on the goals, directions and means of implementing France's solidarity-based development policy and combating global inequality. At the Council's third plenary session this year, the minister (...)
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces First-Ever Federal Building Performance Standard, Catalyzes American I
In Addition to New Federal Actions, California Joins President Biden's National Building Performance Standard Coalition Today the Biden-Harris Administration announced the first-ever Federal Building Performance Standard, setting an ambitious goal to cut energy use and electrify equipment and appliances in 30 percent of the building space owned by the Federal government by 2030. Today's actions... The post FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces First-Ever Federal Building Performance Standard, Catalyzes American Innovation to Lower Energy Costs, Save Taxpayer Dollars, and Cut Emissions appeared first on The White House.
Local government - Chrysoula Zacharopoulou attending the meeting of the National Commission on Decentralized Cooperation
Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is traveling to Dijon today to meet with local government officials involved in international solidarity efforts. She will take part in the meeting of the National Commission on Decentralized Cooperation (CNCD), which is being hosted in Dijon by the government of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, as well as regional international (...)
France presents the candidacy of Nicolas Guillou to a judge's position at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the period 2024-2033. This election will be held in New York in December 2023, at the 22nd Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute. Curriculum vitae, in English (PDF - 308 Ko)PDF Brochure (soon to be published) For more information: International Criminal Court Last update: December (...)
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:00 P.M. EST MS. JEAN-PIERRE: It's almost like you guys were not expecting me to be out. (Laughter.) Q You caught us off guard. MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don't know. Q Day 625 of the administration - MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don't know, right? Q - and it finally happened. Q ... The post Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, December 7, 2022 appeared first on The White House.
On December 6 and 7, 2022, the White House hosted a series of meetings with more than 50 state legislative leaders from 31 states ahead of the 2023 state legislative session. The meetings were chaired by Senior Administration Officials and focused on how state legislators can advance critical policies in their upcoming legislative sessions -... The post Readout of the White House Convening with State Legislative Leaders appeared first on The White House.
Vice President Kamala Harris today met with Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte of Lithuania. The Vice President commemorated the 100 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Lithuania and reaffirmed our ironclad commitment to NATO's Article 5. The Vice President thanked Lithuania for hosting U.S. forces and reiterated the U.S. commitment to maintain a... The post Readout of Vice President Harris's Meeting with Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte of Lithuania appeared first on The White House.
Remarks by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)
AS DELIVERED Good afternoon everyone. And on behalf of President Biden-I want to welcome you to Washington. Yolaan, thank you so much for those opening words which I think really do effectively frame not only the task of this conference, but the task of this broader enterprise all of you are so deeply invested in.... The post Remarks by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) appeared first on The White House.
Vice President's Ceremonial OfficeEisenhower Executive Office Building 1:48 P.M. EST VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS: Madam Prime Minister, welcome to Washington. And I look forward to our discussion. Before I do address the subject of our meeting today, I will comment on Russia's continued brutality against Ukraine, including the latest barrage of missile strikes this week. Since launching an unprovoked... The post Remarks by Vice President Harris and Prime Minister ?imonyt? of Lithuania Before Bilateral Meeting appeared first on The White House.
We lament the Russian prosecutor's decision yesterday to request a nine-year prison sentence for the opposition councilman Ilya Yashin, following his June 28th arrest amidst charges of disseminating "false information" on the Russian army's operations in Ukraine, with "incitement to hatred." France is very concerned by the Russian authorities' campaign of repression against critics of those in power and their war of aggression against Ukraine. France condemns the barriers to freedom of expression (...)
Q - Despite statements by your ministry ("Salah Hamouri must not be expelled") in response to a question by Humanité on December 5, Israel has not given up its intention to deport French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri (many NGOs, including the FIDH, emphasize that "the Israeli authorities' forceful removal of a Palestinian from East Jerusalem to an area outside of occupied territory constitutes a deportation,") who, moreover, is being maintained in detention until January 1, 2023. What is (...)
The UK and US will work together to increase energy security and drive down prices, as part of a new energy partnership.
In the run-up to the December 13th international conference on civilian resilience in Ukraine, organized jointly by France and Ukraine, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna will convene a meeting of French civil-society stakeholders (representatives of local governments, NGOs and corporate foundations) that have shown exceptional solidarity in providing assistance to the Ukrainian people, who have suffered from the war in their country. Through the Crisis and Support (...)
France condemns in the strongest possible terms the strikes committed by Russia throughout Ukraine on December 5. Once again, these strikes deliberately targeted the country's energy infrastructure, causing electricity and heating system outages. They also disrupted the electricity supply of the neighboring country of Moldova, where a Russian missile landed today. These strikes, which had no military targets, took additional lives and destroyed many essential civilian infrastructures. By (...)
During this global energy crisis, brought on by Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine, it is more important than ever for allied countries to deepen their cooperation to ensure resilient international systems which reflect our shared values. Working with our allies, the United States and United Kingdom commit to intensify our collaboration to support international energy... The post US-UK Energy Security and Affordability Partnership appeared first on The White House.
On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the memories of the 2,403 service members and civilians whose lives were cut short on that tragic December morning. We reflect on the resilience of America's Armed Forces, who withstood the attack and built the most capable fighting force the world has ever known. In the wake of... The post A Proclamation on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2022 appeared first on The White House.
Belarus - Support for Maria Kalesnikava - Statement by the ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs spokesperson (6 Dec.22)
France is deeply concerned about the health and detention conditions of Ms Maria Kalesnikava, winner of the 2020 Sakharov Prize and 2021 Václav Havel Prize, who was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in Belarus on 6 September 2021. Maria Kalesnikava must receive appropriate medical care and continue to be defended by her lawyers. France asks the Belarusian authorities to release unconditionally and immediately all those arbitrarily detained in Belarus, and condemns the Belarusian (...)
Hello, do you have any comment on Burkina Faso's announcement that it was suspending broadcasts by Radio France International (RFI) immediately and "until further notice"? France deplores the decision taken by officials in Burkina Faso to suspend RFI broadcasts. We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the freedom of the press, the freedom of expression and the safety of journalists, and to all those throughout the world who help provide free, pluralistic information and contribute to public (...)
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Hosts Economic Dialogue with the Government of Puerto Rico to Jointly Advance Ec
President Biden has been committed to supporting the people of Puerto Rico since his first day in office. The Biden-Harris Administration has made unprecedented levels of federal funding available to Puerto Rico for resilience, recovery, infrastructure, and economic growth. This has created an opportunity for Puerto Rico to make transformational change on the island. To... The post FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Hosts Economic Dialogue with the Government of Puerto Rico to Jointly Advance Economic Development in 2023 appeared first on The White House.
France is taking part in the 20th International Anti-Corruption Conference, from 6 to 10 December 2022
France is taking part in the 20th International Anti-Corruption Conference, jointly organized by the NGO Transparency International and the United States.
The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Minister for the Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion welcome the work embarked on during the first session of intergovernmental negotiations with a view to a future treaty on the elimination of plastic pollution. They confirm that France will host a second session of negotiations at the end of May 2023. The first session of the intergovernmental committee for negotiating a treaty on the elimination of plastic pollution drew to (...)
The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs will receive the winners of the Marianne Initiative tomorrow. Designed to strengthen French support for human rights defenders at home and abroad, the Marianne Initiative was unveiled by President Macron at the Equality Generation Forum in July 2021. On the international level, the Initiative will channel funding and support from the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to human rights defenders abroad through the Ministry's diplomatic network, (...)
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:28 P.M. EST MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Good afternoon, everyone. Apologies for being late. I had a - my meeting with the President in the Oval went long, so I apologize. Okay - Q Is there any chance we can go straight to questions? (Inaudible.) MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Yeah, I have a... The post Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, December 5, 2022 appeared first on The White House.