Xavier Bertrand visits Washington and New York, June 2-3, 2011
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In preparation for the Ministerial Meeting G20 “Work and Employment” scheduled for September 27, the French Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Solidarity, Mr. Xavier Bertrand, held visits to Washington and New York. The Minister wished to present the progress of the French constituent on the matter of employment in front of all UN Member States in order to receive their opinions and suggestions. The G20 Work and Employment ministers will prepare their recommendations during the September reunion, and present them to G20 Heads of State at the Cannes summit on November 3 and 4.
In accordance with the general guidelines set by President Sarkozy, the French presidency of the G20 wishes to collaborate as much as possible with the United Nations. Xavier Bertrand thus met with Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly of the UN, and presented the social priorities of the G20 French presidency to the Assembly – according to four different objectives of giving a new social dimension to Globalization and of putting Man at the center of debate: strengthening social protection, improving employment political structures with emphasis on the young and the most vulnerable, promoting working social rights, and improving coherence among international organizations and economic politics.
This visit was also an opportunity to meet his homologues, as well as leading American figures, in order to discuss questions of employment, work and health policies. During his visit to Washington, Xavier Bertrand met with Katharine Abraham, member of the Council of Economic Advisers of the White House. Xavier Bertrand also had a discussion with the President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), in order to talk about questions relating to the social dimension of the G20 and to the importance of the social dialogue conducted as part of the French presidency’s work. In New York, Xavier Bertrand held a meeting with the Philanthropist George Soros, and with Kristin Stevens, head of Emergency Operations at the NYU hospital. With the latter, he discussed sanitary risks related to terrorism and the means of dealing with and fighting them.
Mr. Philippe Lalliot’s Speech, Consul general of France in New York
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