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Africa France Summit


Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Hon. Moses Wetang'ula, Foreign Affairs Minister follow proceedings at the 25th Africa-France Summit in Nice-France

The 25th Africa –France summit was held in NICE –FRANCE on Monday 31st may to 1st June 2010.Fifty-one delegations from Africa took part in the summit with France, along with representatives of the African Union, the European union, the United Nations, international organization of the Francophone and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The Summit provided an opportunity to highlight the importance of strengthening relations between France and Africa by creating a partnership based on shared interests and mutual trust. Kenya’s delegation was led by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and included Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Moses Wetangula. Industrialization Minister Hon. Henry Kosgey and other Senior government officials. The Heads of State and Government were in agreement that there was need for an effective Multilateral system that was representative of today’s world based on a strong and reformed United Nations. In Particular they called for the urgent reform of the United Nations Security council . One of the most fruitful outcomes of the conference is the commitment by France to push for Africa’s representation at the G20 during her tenure as President. This will ensure greater representation for African States in global issues. Poverty and underdevelopment were underlined as the primary motivating factor for violent conflicts and political instability in Africa, thus creating conditions for transnational threats such as terrorism, sea piracy and human trafficking. The leaders agreed to step up their cooperation at regional level and inclusive approach to compact these threats. On International Environment Governance (IEG), they agreed on the need to strengthen and increase resources allocated to United nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) . The presence of UNEP in Nairobi and its role as the Global environmental organization was reinforced. The Heads of State and Government also agreed to support the development of a “renewable energy “ plan to provide Africa with sustainable electricity based on concrete projects and innovative financing. To this end it was agreed that a Ministerial level international conference would be held in Paris or Nairobi in October/November 2010, ahead of the COP 16 in Cancun, to launch the RE100 Partnership. This could be followed by the second RE100 Conference in Paris or Nairobi, in April/May 2011.


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