While the United Nations Security Council sometimes remains openly, France and Britain present a united front on almost all issues dealt with by this body. As the only European countries to have a permanent seat on the Security Council, the United Kingdom and France, both medium-sized powers with a global outlook, share a common vision of the Council’s role, as the diplomats at France’s Permanent Mission to the UN know from their day-to-day experience.
The theme of gender and development raises a number of key issues concerning the status of women in developing countries. I have had the opportunity to reflect on this since arriving at the Directorate-General of Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships, and in particular, during the discussions on this topic held at the OECD on 21 January 2013.
Interested in a little trip through time? We had a go, using an application that juxtaposes two photos taken at different periods. Let’s have a look behind the scenes of this project, which links images from the past and the present. With unprecedented photos…
A few days ago, I was contacted by a journalist who was preparing an article on Embassies located in "high-risk" countries and who wanted to substantiate her story with a true account of life in such circumstances. As her title, she used a sentence which I had uttered: “Being in Kabul is like living in a submarine”. How could that image of a submarine have crossed my mind?