Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - August 22, 2019)
France welcomes the appointment of the 11 members of the Sovereign Council and the inauguration of the new prime minister of Sudan, Abdalla Hamdok; it wishes him every success in the accomplishment of his mission. This step reflects the maturity of the Sudanese people and their aspiration for freedom, peace and justice.
France calls on the new Sudanese authorities to ensure that the transition goes ahead as scheduled and that a government is formed within the specified deadlines, so that it can start resolving the issues still facing the Sudanese people. France urges all Sudanese parties and the various rebel groups to strive to swiftly conclude a peace agreement.
Lastly, France urges Sudan’s external partners to help it complete the transition, through political and economic support, and, in this respect, reiterates its willingness to provide its assistance to the Sudanese authorities.
France holds the chairmanship of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative, which brings together seven countries: South Africa, Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal and Thailand.
This group, which was created in 2006, on the initiative of France and Norway, provides a framework for informal consultation on key health issues. 10 priority themes have been identified, including efforts to prepare for and combat epidemics, the key role of healthcare workers, the impact of the environment and climate change on health, the fight against HIV/AIDS and universal access to quality health care.
The goal of this initiative is to provide political support for major public health issues and therefore ensure that they are placed higher on the international agenda.
The health ministers of the seven member countries of the initiative adopted a communiqué on August 21 which:
- urges them to promote an inclusive approach in order to strengthen health systems;
- calls for the active involvement of all stakeholders in the strengthening of health systems and in public health policies;
- highlights the critical role of partnerships between public authorities, citizens, associations and other stakeholders in order to ensure that everyone has access to the care they need.
During the next UN General Assembly, France will put forward, on behalf of the seven member countries, a resolution on promoting an inclusive approach to strengthening health systems.
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