Promoting human rights and serving vulnerable populations

Promoting human rights

An alarming context
Serious violations are multiplying in conflict areas, targeting women and people who belong to ethnic, religious and sexual minorities in particular.

The space granted to freedoms and civil society is shrinking considerably in many countries. Even at the United Nations, some States have been questioning the primacy and universality of human rights.

A priority for France
The fight for the respect of human rights is one of the founding principles of the French Republic and it is at the heart of its foreign policy.

We must strengthen the place of human rights in all areas of the United Nations. The Office of the High Commissioner and the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, which France has supported since their creation, are key. This is why France is candidate to be a member of the the Human Rights Council in 2021-2023.

Serving the most vulnerable through humanitarian action

Humanitarian action aims to save lives and ensure the dignity of populations in countries affected by natural and man-made disasters by meeting their basic needs, such as access to water and sanitation, food, medical care and shelter.

Growing needs
In the face of an increasing number of crises, their longer duration and more complex nature, humanitarian aid needs continue to grow across the world. The number of people requiring humanitarian aid has more than doubled in five years, from 61.7 million in 2012 to 128.6 million in 2017, according to the the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Solidarity, the main focus of France’s external policy

Through its humanitarian strategy 2018-2022, France boosts its means by tripling its contributions with respect to 2017, to reach €500 million a year by 2022. France translates its desire to make humanitarian more effective in 15 concrete decisions.

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Last updated on: 5 August 2019