Quai d’Orsay - Spokesperson’s press briefing - 22 May 2020.

At today’s press briefing, the spokesperson made the following statements:

(…) International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May 2020)

On this International Day for Biological Diversity, France reaffirms its determination to act in favour of the protection of ecosystems and biological diversity at the global level.
Faced with the challenges of biodiversity loss and the alerts of researchers and scientists, only collective mobilization at the national, international and European levels can help reverse the trend to avoid the lasting degradation of biodiversity, which also has an impact on human health.
This is why France will host, as announced by the President of the Republic, in January 2021 in Marseilles the World Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which was initially planned for June 2020, and which will be the occasion for a One Planet Summit.
France will continue to work to ensure that COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity adopts an ambitious new global strategic framework and will continue its action to protect 30% of the planet by 2030 within the framework of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, which it co-chairs with Costa Rica. It will act with its EU partners in the spirit of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.

(…) Chad - Abolition of the death penalty (20 May 2020)

France welcomes the promulgation of the Chadian law definitively abolishing the death penalty in that country.

It reiterates its constant opposition to the death penalty, in all places and under all circumstances. It remains resolutely committed to the universal abolition of this unjust, inhuman and ineffective punishment. It calls on all States still applying the death penalty to establish a moratorium with a view to its definitive abolition.

Last updated on: 26 May 2020