5th May 2023
On Friday 5 May, the Presidential Development Council was held. Created to strengthen the steering of France’s development policy, it is chaired by the President of the Republic, who is responsible for making strategic decisions on the implementation of French development aid. Here is a look at the main conclusions of this council.
France’s position and fields of action within international solidarity
France is the fourth largest aid provider in the world with an investment of 15 billion euros in international solidarity, 5 billion more than in 2017.
A pioneer in transferring doses of anti-COVID vaccine to vulnerable populations, France has also invested heavily in forming partnerships with South Africa, Indonesia and Vietnam to move away from fossil fuel coal, as well as in paying countries to protect tropical forests.
What to learn from the Presidential Development Council
During this council, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron asked the French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to initiate and conduct consultations with international solidarity stakeholders to propose a French strategy for sustainable and solidarity-based investment.
This new investment strategy will serve to achieve the following 10 priority objectives:
As such, specific evaluation indicators will be developed to ensure that these objectives are met.
What are the goals of this new strategy?
- Prioritise investment in the most vulnerable countries
- Take into account the new vulnerabilities linked to climate change.
- Mobilise private investment, particularly in the fight against climate change and the protection of biodiversity.
The finalisation of the strategy was announced for the major international summit to be held in Paris on 22 and 23 June for a new global financial pact.
To support and implement this new strategy, Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a new programme to mobilise young people around international solidarity issues through the creation of 3,000 positions for international experts and volunteers by 2027.
At the beginning of June, the Interministerial Committee on International Cooperation and Development (CICID), the main coordination body, which sets the main strategic orientations of France’s development policy under the authority of the Prime Minister, will hold its second meeting. This is an opportunity to further develop this new strategy for the implementation of French development aid.
In a context where humanitarian needs are more present than ever, the stakes are high and the hopes even higher.
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