25th anniversary of the FRANZ agreement (Dec. 22) [fr]
Friday December 22 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the tripartite agreement between France, Australia and New Zealand known as the FRANZ arrangement.
This arrangement was signed in 1992 to coordinate French, Australian and New Zealand assistance for Pacific island nations during natural disasters. It has emerged as a very effective tool, while the frequency and intensity of disasters are increasing as a result of climate change, the first victims of which are these states.
Thanks to the projection capabilities of the French armed forces stationed in New Caledonia and French Polynesia, France has therefore participated in more than 15 relief operations in the Pacific region over the last 25 years: in Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and the Cook Islands. During the last French presidency of this arrangement (2015-2017) we were able to provide a swift and appropriate response following the passage of Cyclone Winston (Fiji) and Cyclone Donna (Vanuatu).
Within the framework of the FRANZ arrangement, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs finances these operations through its emergency humanitarian fund.
To learn more about the FRANZ arrangement, the France-New Zealand relationship as well as the France in the pacific region, please listen to the interview of our Deputy Head of mission representative on Newstalk ZB
(interview starts from 2’36).