Science, global health, climate and environment

CERN, a European success story

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, is a leading European research center in the field of particle physics.

The benefits of CERN, in terms of scientific and economic influence, are very important for France, which assumes - together with Switzerland - the responsibility of host State.

France is one of CERN’s main contributors (14% of the budget, or about 150 million euros). One of CERN’s flagship projects is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27-kilometer particle accelerator under French and Swiss territory.

One of CERN’s main projects is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27-kilometer particle accelerator under French and Swiss territory.

France, a key player in global health

The main international organizations working for global health have their headquarters in Geneva: the World Health Organization, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, Unitaid and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.

Despite the considerable progress made in the fight against pandemics (nearly 17.5 million people have access to antiretrovirals worldwide, compared to only 7.5 million in 2010), there are many challenges: every year, 2 million people infected with HIV and another 1 million die from it. Tuberculosis killed 1.6 million people in 2016 and malaria caused an estimated 445,000 deaths in 2016.

France’s 2017-2021 global health strategy

France has adopted a global health strategy for the 2017-2021 period which features a cross-cutting approach to global health issues.

France’s activities are based on the following principles:

  • A rights-based approach;
  • The promotion of universal access to health, particularly by fighting all forms of inequality;
  • National ownership;
  • French attractiveness and influence, particularly in the fields of health training, research and innovation.

The strategy was developed by working with all French players in healthcare, research and development. It will help to concentrate efforts on a shared goal and four key priorities:

1- Enhancing health systems while fighting illnesses;
2- Enhancing health security at the international level;
3- Promoting the health of populations;
4- Promoting French expertise, training, research and innovation.

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Last updated on: 6 August 2019