South Australia is strengthening its ties with France and Investment South Australia is playing a pivotal role to deepen business relations. Australia–France dialogue requires Pacific involvement New Caledonia and French Polynesia that could affect Australia–France relations. the United Nations General Assembly decided to re-inscribe French Polynesia on. When French President Emmanuel Macron visits Australia this week for talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other ministers, it will be.
We reaffirm that the UN Charter applies in its entirety to states' activities in cyberspace. We will continue to promote operationalisation of norms of responsible state behaviour recommended in the report of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security.
We draw particular attention to the norm prohibiting the use of cyber tools to intentionally damage or impair the use and operation of critical infrastructure during peacetime. We reiterate states' obligation to respond to appropriate requests to mitigate malicious cyber activity aimed at the critical infrastructure of another state emanating from their territory.
Leaders welcomed the signing of an agreement to enhance cooperation between the respective operational agencies in charge of cyber security. Given the importance both countries attach to effective responses to significant cyber incidents, they agreed to look at ways to improve immediate sharing of information and to work together on effective cyber incident responses.
They also agreed to work closely in international fora to advocate for stronger global responses to cyber challenges. Just as cyber challenges are global, so too must our responses be. Leaders agreed to work together to facilitate stronger coordinated global action to discourage and respond to cyber incidents that cause significant harm. They committed to cooperating to preserve a peaceful and stable online environment that drives economic growth, promotes international stability and protects national security.
Leaders recognised that it is not just state actors that are pushing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour in cyberspace. The Internet is increasingly being used for malicious purposes by terrorists, child abusers and criminal groups. As agreed at the G20, the laws that apply offline should apply online. We are committed to ensuring frameworks are in place to keep the public safe while also upholding rights and fundamental freedoms.
In this regard, leaders reiterated their shared commitment to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. Governments alone cannot meet the challenges of the digital age. We will work together, in collaboration with industry, to protect the public from those who seek to do harm by using the internet for malicious purposes. We will continue to work closely with social media, technology, and telecommunications companies, and urge them to redouble their efforts to reduce cyber security risks, ensure confidence in the global digital ecosystem, and protect their users.
Cooperation in the field of science and technology, innovation and higher education The leaders welcomed the continuing high levels of collaboration in the field of science and technology, innovation and higher education, underpinned by the Australia-France Agreements on Cultural, and Scientific cooperation, signed in and respectively. Leaders agreed to further enhance the relationship between the two countries on higher education, science and innovation through, for these last two fields, the roadmap setting out the shared priority themes for our countries from Leaders welcomed the increasing collaboration between French and Australian universities, research institutions, businesses and communities across a range of fields, including: Leaders committed to exploring ways to support further collaboration in science, higher education, research and innovation, including through student and scientific mobility, consistent with our respective national priorities and approaches.
Cooperation in the field of space Leaders welcomed the DIIS-CNES Letter of Intent signed last September, and expressed their will to extend space sector cooperation, with the view to strengthen the relationship through identifying topics of mutual interest, as well as future topics of interest for potential collaborative activities in the space sector. Both leaders noted the opportunity to continue that important collaboration once the Australian Space Agency has been established.
Educational and cultural cooperation Noting with satisfaction the importance of the numerous cultural, linguistic and educational exchanges which have developed between the two countries over the last few years, particularly within civil society and young people, the two leaders commit to working on strengthening educational and cultural links between the French and Australian people, particularly young people, and encouraging the development of multilingual programs in schools as well as arts.
As Emmanuel Macron heads to Australia, the relationship is more important than ever
Cooperation on the shared memory of the First World War Recalling the place of our shared memory of the First World War in Franco-Australian friendship, the two leaders welcomed the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretonneux and agreed to the establishment of a joint collaborative program to support cultural, scientific, pedagogical and tourist exchanges associated with shared memory.
Cooperation on environmental issues and the fight against climate change The two leaders recalled the urgent need for global action to confront climate change. They renewed their commitment to sustainable development and the protection of the environment. They reaffirmed their shared commitment to the Paris Agreement and called for its swift and full implementation.
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To this end, they highlighted the importance of finalising the implementation guidance for the Paris Agreement at COP24 and the timely implementation of their nationally determined contributions. They recognised the Talanoa Dialogue as an opportune moment to reflect on the adequacy of collective climate action, and the global effort required to meet the long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement.
They are conscious that the outcome of the Talanoa dialogue will inform pathways for ambition and inform Nationally Determined Contributions. The leaders agreed on the importance of climate action from economic actors and financial institutions to ensure transition to a low-emissions, more climate-resilient global economy, in particular the need for increasing efforts to facilitate the mobilisation of private capital.
They noted successful respective efforts to this end, such as Australia's Clean Energy Finance Corporation and France's comprehensive green finance agenda. They agreed Australia and France would strengthen cooperation to mobilise private sector climate finance.
Australia and France are also taking joint action to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas reduction strategies for air and maritime transport, notably within ICAO and IMO, and welcome the adoption of an ambitious strategy in the latter, as promoted by the Tony de Brum declaration to which both of our countries adhered during the One Planet Summit.
For many young Australians, this earth was their final safe place.
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For many of them, this earth was the final confidante of a thought or a word intended for a loved one from the other side of the world.
Loved ones who would only learn the sad news several months later. More can be made of these occasions than is warranted, but the centenary of the end of the first world war provides an opportunity for two liberal democracies to reaffirm their commitment to human freedoms and the rule of law. Perhaps surprisingly, Macron will be only the second French president to visit Australia in the history of relations that go back to the midth century, when consular links were first established.
The only other one to visit was Francois Hollande in for the G The first and second world wars strengthened those bonds, but it is probably fair to say Australia and France have not been as close to each other as might have been given their extensive trading and investment partnership.
That may be about to change, given the need for Australia to nurture its security relationships beyond the American alliance at a time of considerable uncertainty in global affairs.
While the US relationship remains the cornerstone of Australian security, a broadening of defence ties with other like-minded Western democracies — and regional powers like Japan — becomes more pressing. French novelists have had little impact in Australia, partly due to delays in their works being translated. Avante-garde movements like the nouveau roman were never popular in Australia.
More often, 19th century authors such as Jules Verne and Victor Hugo have proven more popular. Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault have had a significant impact on cultural studies departments of Australian universities, albeit they are invariably filtered heavily through American and Jewish academic influences first. For instance, Derrida and Lacan's theories have been used in Australian universities' literature departments more often than they have in the academics' actual fields of study, most often with very eccentric results.
Public sentiment took a dive, however, in the s during the French nuclear testing in the Pacific on Moruroa. During this period, there was a boycott of French wines, French restaurants and other things associated with France, such as items on menus. There was also a union ban on mail to France. Another strain in the relationship took place following the French sinking of the Rainbow Warriorthe Greenpeace boat, in New Zealand in the s.
French is still one of the most commonly taught foreign languages at Australian high schools, though, as an optional course, very few students continue to study it through to completion. Thus, it is rare to find people who are truly fluent in the language. Telopea Park Schoolan Australian public school, recognised and supported by the French government, is a unique education partnership in Australia. Each year, around forty French films are sold to Australian distributors for commercial release, not including films released on DVD.
SBS buys the rights to distribute over 70 French films annually for broadcast on free-to-air TV, and generally screens one or two French films per week.The Value of Mateship: A US-Australia Relationship for the 21st Century