Joint press release from France and Australia.

The President of the French Republic and the Prime Minister of Australia met today in Paris to reaffirm their commitment to building a closer and stronger bilateral relationship based on mutual trust and respect.

2. France and Australia are united by lasting ties, linked during the two world wars. Thousands of French and Australian soldiers fought side by side to defend our common values: freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. These values ​​are still the foundation of our companies and guide our international commitment.

3. France and Australia are countries in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. As neighbors, we share a long history of cooperation in the region, including with French territories such as New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna and Réunion Island. We have the same vision of a free, open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region, made possible through dialogue and joint initiatives with regional partners. Australia welcomes France’s cooperation in the Indo – Pacific region and France’s strategy for continued cooperation in this field, as well as the EU’s strategy for cooperation in the Indo – Pacific region and its commitment to make long – term investments there.

4. In order to promote bilateral relations, we agree to introduce a new cooperation program based on three pillars: defense and security; resilience and climate action; education and culture.

DEFENSE AND SECURITY

5. We condemn Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and recall our solidarity with the Ukrainian government and people. We agree to continue to stand together to defend the rule-based international order and the integrity of international law, which are crucial to our common security and prosperity, both in Europe and in the Indo-Pacific. . Due to the impact of this aggression on food security, Australia will support the Food and Agricultural Resilience Mission (FARM) initiative launched by France, including by continuing to fund the agricultural market information system, which plays a key role in transmitting up-to-date supply information. of the main foods.

6. France and Australia want to create a new defense relationship. We will strengthen our cooperation and exchanges on common security interests, including through operational engagement and intelligence exchange. We are determined to be active in regional fora and intensify security cooperation with Pacific countries, in particular on maritime surveillance, in cooperation with regional agencies and in the Indian Ocean, including in cooperation with India. We will support each other’s broadcasts and carry out several joint maritime activities in the service of the rule – based international order. We will also consider initiatives to deepen and promote better mutual access to our defense facilities, based on long-established mutual logistical support agreements.

7. France and Australia will explore initiatives to increase cooperation between our defense industries to support and deliver capabilities to our respective defense forces. We will explore the possibilities for cooperation on strategic space issues, such as space intelligence, in order to promote a safe, stable and secure space and ensure freedom of access and action in space.

8. France and Australia will strengthen their cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. In this context, France welcomes the strengthening of Australia’s cooperation with the International Counter-Terrorism Academy in Côte d’Ivoire, led by France and Côte d’Ivoire. We will also explore new areas of collaboration to build resilience in cyber, critical technologies and critical infrastructure.

RESILIENCE AND CLIMATE ACTION

9. France welcomes Australia’s new commitment to ambitious action on climate change, which represents a global challenge and the greatest threat to the peoples of the Pacific. Australia in particular has increased its 2030 target for its nationally set contribution with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by 2030, and has set itself the target of zero zero emissions by 2050. The government also intends to speed up the transition for renewable energy.

10. France also welcomes Australia’s commitment to promote nature – based solutions to combat climate change and protect biodiversity in the Indo – Pacific, and in particular its leading role in the International Blue Carbon Partnership, as well as its commitment to a further AUD 2 million contribution to Kiwa Biodiversity. and Climate Change Initiative.

11. We are committed to exploring new avenues for closer cooperation to strengthen support for equitable and clean energy conversion and adaptation in both countries through the mobilization of private sector financing and investment, including to support nature-based solutions, low-emission technologies and clean infrastructure. Expertise and investment from our companies are welcome to promote the spread of renewable energy, which will be necessary to achieve our common climate goals. We will also continue discussions on essential minerals, clean energy and hydrogen, especially to support the ambitions of our Pacific neighbors. We will also encourage partnerships with the private sector in these sectors as part of the trade and investment dialogue.

12. We express our support for the ongoing negotiations for the adoption of a Free Trade Treaty between Australia and the European Union, which represents an opportunity to stimulate trade and strengthen the relationship between the two partners. In line with our mutual interest in strengthening the trade agreements’ contribution to sustainable development, it should include ambitious commitments on sustainable development and support measures to combat climate change, protect the environment and labor rights.

13. We will deepen our cooperation on a number of civil and defense issues of common interest, including within the framework of the FRANZ Agreement (France-Australia-New Zealand) to provide coordinated humanitarian assistance in support of the Pacific in their response to natural disasters. Strengthening our dialogue will promote new perspectives for economic and scientific cooperation in areas such as maritime transport, aerospace, artificial intelligence and quantum technologies.

14. France and Australia stress the urgent need to adopt a new global biodiversity framework by 2022 and implement it to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2030. We call for a progressive and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework with ambitious goals and objectives, and improved implementation, monitoring and evaluation. We share the same ambition to protect our biodiversity, and the same commitment to a goal of protecting 30% of the world’s land and seas within the framework of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, as well as the Global Ocean Alliance.

15. We will strengthen our cooperation on sustainable marine management, including on coral reefs and the fight against marine plastic pollution. We support the development of an ambitious UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, as well as the international Blue Carbon Coalition. We are also determined in 2022 to reach the conclusion of a new UN Treaty on the Seas, which protects and preserves marine biodiversity on the high seas. France supports Australia’s desire to host a future meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and welcomes its intention to consult and work closely with the Pacific Islands to explore the possibility of hosting this event.

16. We will develop and strengthen our many years of logistics and science collaboration in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, including environmental protection and management. We will strive to ensure a robust and efficient Antarctic Treaty system, to work closely together on the protection of marine ecosystems and the fight against illegal fishing, and to strengthen our dialogue on the shared use of research facilities and means of transport.

EDUCATION AND CULTURE

17. We are determined to strengthen our well-established cultural ties, dating back to the Franco-Australian Cultural Agreement of 1978. We agree to develop our cultural relations and to explore mechanisms, including a fund, to continue supporting cultural and creative initiatives, exhibitions and exchanges of artists in the residence that integrate the Indo-Pacific dimension.

18. France and Australia are closely linked to their cultural heritage. In this regard, we will continue to work together to identify solutions that enable the return of ancestral human remains of aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders held in French institutions.

19. We want to strengthen the dialogue between our peoples, especially between young people. We will deepen our cooperation in education and higher education, especially for students from the Indo-Pacific region. We will also promote the establishment of the Australian international section of the matriculation examination, which is already present in New Caledonia, in a larger number of French schools, as well as the teaching of French in Australian schools.

20. We will continue our cooperation and strengthen our ties in the organization of major international sporting events, in particular the Rugby World Cups 2023 and 2027, as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024 and Brisbane 2032.

21. The President and the Prime Minister ask their partners to draw up a detailed roadmap articulated around these three pillars, to be presented by the end of 2022.

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