Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
|Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations|
|Inaugural holder||Alexandre Parodi|
The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations is the diplomatic mission of the French Republic to the United Nations in New York. As such, it reports to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Since 1991, the offices of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations have been located at One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 43rd and 44th floor in Manhattan, New York, at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 47th and 48th Streets, close to the United Nations Headquarters.
The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations is led by Ambassador Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and former Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. He presented his credentials to Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, on 10 September 2009. The Deputy Permanent Representative is Alexis Lamek.
The Permanent Mission acts as the interface between the United Nations’ authorities in New York and the French authorities. The Permanent Representative and the Deputy Permanent Representative sit at the Security Council, of which France is one of the five permanent members, and on all the organs in which France is represented, notably the UN General Assembly, its various committees and the UN Economic and Social Council. They speak on behalf of France to promote its positions.
In order to successfully carry out its mandate, the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations has nearly 80 staff members, including about 20 diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, civil servants from other ministries, notably the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment. They prepare and negotiate resolutions and texts for adoption by the various UN organs. The Permanent Mission endeavors to promote the use of French in the work of the UN.
Staff members of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations also organize visits by the French authorities to the UN headquarters, notably during the general debate that opens the annual session of the UN General Assembly, which traditionally takes place in September.
The Permanent Mission includes the Military Mission of France to the United Nations as well as a financial agency and its commercial department which represents the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Employment.
The military mission is mainly responsible for monitoring UN peacekeeping operations and the use of national military and police contributions. It is led by Brigadier General Jean-Luc Friedling who is also the representative of the Chief of the Defense Staff for the French armed forces to the UN Military Staff Committee.
A detachment of the national police force is responsible for ensuring the security of the premises of the Permanent Mission at all times.
Other French representation in the UN system
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Notes and references
- Decree of 15 July 2009 concerning the appointment of a Permanent Representative of France to the Security Council and Head of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations-Mr Araud (Gérard) [archive], JORF no.162 of 16 July 2009, text no.59, NOR MAEA0910512D. (French)
- The new Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations presents his credentials [archive, communiqué issued by the United Nations Department of Public Information, 10 September 2009 (French)
- The Deputy Permanent Representative[archive, website of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations (French)