Speech by the French President for the 70th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations – 28 September 2015 [fr]
During the speech, President François Hollande presented for the 70th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on the 28th September 2015 in New York, he addressed the upcoming COP21/climate conference, the crisis in Syria, the refugee crisis and the willingness of France to reform the United Nations.
The French President put pressure on the states to engage during COP21, which will take place in Paris at the beginning of December. He paid tribute to China and the United States whose “commitments make a difference”, underlying at the same time the fact that "nothing is won yet", and that “nothing is impossible”. He added that France will increase its financing for climate change from 3 to 5 billion euros by 2020.
Regarding the Syrian crisis, there is only one solution for Paris: Bachar Al-Assad cannot remain head of state. France, who wants to take responsibility, started a military intervention with air strikes. France wants to work with each state and would like a coalition. France keeps campaigning for a “transition” in Syria, which associates “neighbor countries”, as well as the Gulf, Iran, members of the United Nations Security Council and permanent members.
The President also mentioned the millions of refugees who escaped the Middle-East and Africa for a better life. “In order to avoid tragic events, we have to act”, he said. Europe is doing its duty by welcoming refugees from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and Sudan. The world has to help the refugees by making more resources available to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP). It also has to assist neighboring countries and transit countries. As far as France is concerned, it will increase its support to the agencies of the United Nations dealing with refugees, including the UNHCR and the UNWFP, by 100 million euros.
François Hollande, in the context of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, reminded the assembly about the dynamic vision of France to reform the United Nations. France is willing to expand the Security Council, and President Hollande also reminded states of the French initiative aimed at banning the right of veto in the case of mass atrocities.