The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
The DGM (Direction générale de la mondialisation, de la culture, de l’enseignement et du développement international)
The DGM was set up in April 2009 as part of the reorganisation of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) with a view to enabling French diplomacy to anticipate, identify and respond more effectively to the challenges of globalisation. Faced both with global issues and increasing numbers of actors, the MEAE is in this way underscoring the necessity of addressing such planetary goals and issues, convinced that each of the major economic, cultural and societal questions calls for collective action along with greater openness and partnership, forward planning, interministerial coordination, fast responses and a more interdisciplinary, resolutely European approach.
The Directorate works in conjunction with the relevant official departments to define and implement France’s programmes in economic and societal domains in relation to international intergovernmental organisations with a global reach. It provides input for the construction and application of international cooperation on governance.
It tracks international and financial issues, providing its input, on behalf of the MEAE, for the definition of policy on global public goods. It contributes to policy on the enhancement of France’s ability to attract, policy in support of French private enterprise abroad and development of cooperation between universities and scientific institutions, notably by encouraging visits by foreign students and researchers to France. It develops cultural and artistic programmes outside France, in addition to the teaching of French abroad. It helps define and implement cooperative programmes conducted by the government with regard to the French-speaking world. It mobilises official networks abroad on global issues. It takes responsibility for budget programmes relating to international cooperation and development as laid down in the Finance Acts within the remit of the MEAE. It provides, on behalf of that Ministry, a joint secretariat for the interministerial committee for international cooperation and development (Comité Interministériel de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement – CICID). Acting on behalf of the MEAE, it oversees the operators implementing French international cooperation and defines policies and strategies for operators involved in Official Development Assistance. It monitors the international activities of non-governmental organisations. It supports decentralised cooperation programmes undertaken by French regional authorities.
Stephanie Seydoux, the French Ambassador for Global Health
The Ambassador for Global Health is France’s voice in the context of the international fight against the three pandemics.
The Ambassador represents France in the principal international and French organisations involved in this combat, sitting on the Boards of the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNITAID, the “Roll Back Malaria” Partnership and the ESTHER Initiative, as well as heading up the French delegation to the Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. The Ambassador also attends a number of meetings of the technical committees of the latter organisations, thus providing input for their policies and strategic focuses.
These duties enable the Ambassador to express France’s political vision where HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases are concerned, helping translate that vision into practical proposals. He is in regular contact with the management bodies of organisations working on this issue, with the other donors, with the countries of the South, especially French-speaking, the private sector and non-governmental organisations and French operators actively involved in addressing and dealing with the three pandemics in developing countries.
In addition, in his particular domain, the Ambassador channels French arguments for the inclusion of human rights, gender equality and the elimination of all forms of discrimination in all supported programmes, while also promoting the application of innovative solutions and greater effort to ensure high effectiveness and impact. He seeks to ensure that the interests of the countries with priority for French development assistance are protected and account is taken of their specific needs. The Ambassador sits on the 5% Initiative Steering Committee.
The Global Public Goods (GPG) Directorate
Within the DGM, the Directorate with responsibility for Global Public Goods focuses on analysis of global issues and French strategies. It provides in this way concrete responses at the multilateral level to goals and day-to-day issues (combating the pandemics and strengthening health systems, protecting the environment – including mitigation of climate change – energy and food security, sustainable management of natural resources, promotion of gender equality, and so on), endeavouring to ensure the convergence of international processes relating to such issues (including the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, for example).
The Subdirectorate for Health, Food Security and Human Development (SAH)
This Subdirectorate, which has responsibility for health, food security and human development, works with civil society and all concerned partners to define sectoral strategies for France’s international programmes, and notably the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The SAH handles the promotion, management and monitoring of French strategy in the area of health and human development (education, demographics, migration and gender) and coordinates French positions with regard to the various international organisations. Lastly, it drives the network of regional counsellors in global health (Conseillers Régionaux en Santé Mondiale – CRSM) and its international technical experts (Experts Techniques Internationaux – ETI) on health, who play a major role in generating synergy between French initiatives on the ground and tracking countries’ fight against HIV. The French cooperation strategy on health in developing countries prioritises the fight against the three most deadly pandemics – with efforts against AIDS being a priority here – plus universal vaccination coverage, the crisis in human resources in the health sector, coverage for disease risk and policy on medical drugs.
- Promotion, management and monitoring for French cooperation strategy in the health sphere on the basis of the health strategy adopted by CICID; driving sectoral dialogue between the MEAE, the French Development Agency (AFD), the technical ministries, other French actors and diplomatic missions; this central platform must ensure their satisfactory promotion, monitoring and revision.
- Coordination of French positions on the Boards of the major global initiatives on health supported by France (Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNITAID, GAVI, Roll Back Malaria, IHP+, Human Resources Alliance, Providing for Health, among others).
- Advocacy for French positions in international forums, and especially in Brussels, the United Nations and development banks, targeting support for major world initiatives on health.
- Leadership of the network of 10 regional counsellors and support for the essentially multilateral French expert scheme (WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, RBM, Stop TB, etc…).
- Coordination and complementarity in the areas of research and teaching on health in higher education, in conjunction with the Attractiveness Policy Directorate.
- Tracking MDGs 4, 5 and 6 and part of MDG 8.
The Subdirectorate for Human Development (HUMA) provides oversight for the 5% Initiative and chairs its Steering Committee.
France has numerous possibilities for action on the ground in the health cooperation sphere, which helps ensure a highly diversified French presence.
France leverages its diplomatic network, working especially through its embassies, its network of regional global health counsellors (CRSM) and its international technical experts (ETI).
Regional health cooperation counsellors (CRCS)
These counsellors are responsible for, among other things, tracking activities relating to the Global Fund, the activities of the four United Nations agencies supported under the Priority Solidarity Fund (Fonds de Solidarité Prioritaire – FSP) the multilateral Muskoka commitment and other types of cooperation in the health sphere (e.g. decentralised, regional, inter-university cooperation).
Under the terms of the 5% Initiative they are charged with examining applications received under Channel 1 for short-term provision of expertise, subsequently monitoring execution of the activities undertaken.
Their assignments are based on strategic geographical areas in order to improve coverage of priority regions.
|Regional counsellor in global health (CRSM)||Geographical area covered||Residence|
|Mali, Niger, Burkina-Faso,
OOAS (Organisation Ouest Africaine en Santé), UEMOA
WHO Inter Country Team of Ouagadougou
|Senegal, Gambia, Cape-Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Sierra Leone
Regional Offices UNICEF, PAM, ONUSIDA, PNUD
|Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana||Abidjan|
|Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Equatorial Guinea,
OCEAC (Organisation Contre les Endémies en Afrique Centrale)
|Congo, DRC, Angola, Sao Tome, Gabon
WHO Office & WHO Inter Country Team of Libreville
|Kenya, Ouganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, Djibouti, Sudan, Somalia, African Union||Nairobi|
|South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique
|Madagascar, Mauritius, Comores, Seychelles
Indien Ocean Comission IOC
|Myanmar, Thaïland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapour
|Saoudi Arabia, Bahreïn, United Arab Emirates, Irak, Iran, Koweït||Ryad|
International Technical Experts (ETI)
France also has a presence on the ground through its network of International Technical Experts attached to international organisations (UNAIDS, WHO, etc.), the European Union and Health Ministers.
- Global Economy and Development Strategies Directorate
- Global Public Goods Directorate
- Cultural and French Language Policy Directorate
- Mobility and Attractiveness Policy Directorate
- Network and Programmes Department
- The Civil Society Relations Unit
- The Delegation for the External Action of Local and Regional Authorities