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Opinion – Towards a European Energy Union – PE 560.712v02-00 – Committee on International Trade

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At UN, French President pledges to work with all parties towards political solution in Syria – except Syrian leader

28 September 2015 – France is ready to work with all countries that want to find a political solution to the four-year crisis in Syria except for President Bashar Al-Assad, who cannot be part of the solution, French President François Hollande told the UN General Assembly today at the annual general debate.

Syria is “calling once more for our mobilization and intervention,” said President Hollande, underlining that the civil war has to date killed more than 250,000 people. He recalled that the “Syrian tragedy” follows an uprising which sought to undermine the “dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad.”

Moreover, he stated that eight million people haven’t just fled a war – “they’ve fled Bashar Al-Assad’s regime – the same regime which dropped bombs on innocent civilians.”

“It is not because terrorists massacre, loot, and rape that there should be pardon or amnesty for the regime that created the situation,” the French President continued.

With 80 per cent of Syrian refugees fleeing to other countries of the global South, “it is the poor and most vulnerable who are hosting the poor and most vulnerable”, he said, underlining that European countries should do more.

He insisted that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) must be provided the means to ensure the necessary support, and refugees must be allowed to work in their host countries. He further announced that France is contributing €100 million to WFP for refugees in countries neighbouring Syria.

Meanwhile, President Hollande saluted the immense progress accomplished by the United Nations since its creation 70 years ago, while noting that unfortunately the world is still challenged by many conflicts.

Enumerating many natural disasters caused by climate change, he said the upcoming climate change conference in Paris must answer the question: “Is humankind capable of deciding to preserve life on the planet?” while noting some progress, singling out recent commitments made by the United States and China.

Furthermore, he said he favoured a global climate agreement, differentiating the responsibilities of each country, and laid out three conditions for success in Paris: every country must make commitments on emission reductions; a review mechanism must be established to allow for revisions every five years; and developed countries should fulfil their commitments to developing countries by ensuring $100 billion in support.

In addition, he announced France will increase its annual funding for climate from €3 billion to €5 billion to be disbursed, not as loans, but as grants.

News in Brief 28 September 2015 (PM)

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Displaced children and adults shelter outside a barbed-wire fence, in a camp set up behind Mpoko International Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR). Photo File: UNICEF/Pierre Terdjman

Violence in CAR capital condemned

An outbreak of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui, which led to the deaths of over a dozen people has been condemned by the UN.

The humanitarian office, OCHA, said the security situation remains tense in many neighbourhoods following renewed clashes on Saturday.

The spike in insecurity is preventing humanitarian activities from taking place in Bangui and access to the most vulnerable people remains limited.

More than 380,000 people are displaced overall in the country and more than 460,000 others have fled to neighbouring states .

Suicide attack in in Afghanistan kills 17

And the UN has denounced a suicide attack in Afghanistan which killed at least 17 civilians, including 15 children.

The bombing on Sunday, which took place in Zarghun Shahr district in the south-eastern province of Paktika injured at least 60 others, the majority children.

The UN mission in the country, UNAMA said an attack deliberately targeting a group of civilians playing volleyball was an “act bereft of humanity” and clearly violated national and international law.

World leaders told no such thing as a free lunch

World leaders attending the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in New York have been told by the UN Secretary-General that there is “no such thing as a free lunch.”

Hosting a lunch at UN headquarters, Ban Ki-moon told the heads of state and government, that he hoped they would return home and promote the new development agenda agreed by the international community on Friday.

The 17 global goals aim to reduce poverty while fostering sustainable development.

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XCMG rejoint les principaux fabricants de machines au monde dans l’analyse dynamique du marché au Top 50 Summit

BEIJING, le 24 septembre 2015  / PRNewswire — Le T50 Summit 2015 de l’industrie mondiale des machines de construction qui s’est déroulé à Beijing le 21 septembre a publié la liste des 50 meilleurs fabricants de machines de construction dans le monde dans laquelle XCMG s’est positionnée en huitième position mondialement et en première position parmi les sociétés de machines de construction chinoises.

Wang Min, chairman and president of XCMG is interviewed by media at T50 Summit.

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Wang Min, président du Conseil d’administration de XCMG, a présenté un discours d’ouverture lors du sommet sur le marché mondial actuel des machines de construction et sur les stratégies de XCMG pour s’adapter dans cette industrie en mutation rapide.

Le marché des machines lourdes telles que les excavatrices, chargeuses, grues et équipements à béton s’est tassé depuis la fluctuation historique du marché en avril 2011, qui a apporté de nouveaux défis pour les fabricants du monde entier. Wang a souligné que l’environnement du marché n’est pas aussi mauvais que prévu et que l’industrie des machines de construction dispose de perspectives positives.

« Le déclin que nous avons constaté dans le marché était en réalité un plongeon de haut vol à partir d’un état surévalué. Alors que la bulle se dégonflait, nous avons ressenti la baisse rapide et notable dans le marché », a expliqué Wang. « Cette situation indiquait alors que l’industrie était en train de s’autoréguler ; il y a toujours de l’espace pour un développement futur ».

Les rouleaux compresseurs de XCMG se sont exportés aux États-Unis, les cylindres à huile de la plus grande excavatrice de tonnage fabriqués en Chine sont vendus en Australie et les machines d’empilage ont leur plus grande part de marché en Turquie. En observant le marché chinois, Wang a prédit que la demande du marché est toujours assez significative.

Les sociétés ont besoin de nouvelles stratégies pour faire face aux défis du marché mondial. Wang a déclaré que les fabricants chinois ont une incidence sur le marché haut de gamme grâce aux technologies évoluées et aux mises à niveau de leurs produits.

Pour réussir dans le marché des machines de construction toujours plus concurrentiel, XCMG a proposé un concept de développement rationnel, pratique et durable qui vise à plus de professionnalisme et de précision dans la livraison de produits de la meilleure qualité.

La réforme opérationnelle de XCMG conduit à l’abandon d’un modèle de développement centré sur le produit au profit de solutions et de forfaits de services complets basés sur le produit, tout en se concentrant sur les innovations et l’amélioration de la qualité par le biais d’avancées technologiques continues telles que la mise sur le marché réussie de la grue tout-terrain kilotonne, de la grue sur chenilles 4 000 tonnes, de l’excavatrice pour les mines 400 tonnes, de la chargeuse 12 tonnes et des machines intelligentes de l’assise manufacturière numérisée de la société.

« La nouvelle façon de réussir nécessite une connaissance profonde, de la conviction et une détermination stratégique. XCMG a la confiance pour atteindre le point culminant de l’industrie mondiale des machines de construction », a déclaré Wang.

U.K. to deploy troops in Somalia, South Sudan to foster “less terrorism and less migration”

African securityU.K. to deploy troops in Somalia, South Sudan to foster “less terrorism and less migration”

Published 28 September 2015

British prime minister David Cameron has said that hundreds of British troops will be deployed to Somalia and South Sudan to train African peacekeeping forces in order to foster “less terrorism and less migration.” Over the years the United Kingdom has contributed to many peacekeeping missions, but now its role is largely limited to providing about 280 troops participating in the current mission in Cyprus. The United Kingdom has also given about £260 million in aid to South Sudan since the start of the civil war in December 2013.

British prime minister David Cameron has said that hundreds of British troops will be deployed to Somalia and South Sudan to train African peacekeeping forces in order to foster “less terrorism and less migration.”

Cameron said he was offering forces to United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) peace keeping missions to help bring conflicts in the two countries under control, especially as these conflicts are facilitating the rise of terrorist groups in Somalia and triggering mass migration from South Sudan, where more than two million people have been driven from their homes as a result of bloody skirmishes between the government and rebels.

Time reports that about seventy U.K. soldiers and officers will be sent to Somalia, where AU peacekeeping units have been deployed to tackle the Islamist group al-Shabaab. They British soldiers will not be involved in combat operations, instead focusing on training AU forces in logistics, engineering, and medical aid.

More troops — about 250 to 300 — are being sent to South Sudan to carry out specific tasks such as engineering advice and combat training.

Cameron will unveil the British troop offer at a session on UN peacekeeping on Monday, hosted by the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and the president, Barack Obama, with dozens of other member states expected to make contributions.

Speaking before his arrival in New York, Cameron said: “We think Britain has a particular role in training and logistics and expertise and standards, so we want to step up what we are doing. But let me stress, we all want to see all the right force-protection arrangements in place but we should be playing a part in this.

“What happens in Somalia, if it’s a good outcome, it’s good for Britain, it means less terrorism, less migration, less piracy; ditto South Sudan.”

He said it was “absolutely vital that the international community works together to shore up stability in Africa.”

Over the years the United Kingdom has contributed to many peacekeeping missions, but now its role is largely limited to providing about 280 troops participating in the current mission in Cyprus.

The United Kingdom has also given about £260 million in aid to South Sudan since the start of the civil war in December 2013.

Pressure has recently been growing on the British government to contribute more in the way of boots on the ground to strengthen the UN’s peacekeeping aims.

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