The Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE) has launched the 35th edition of a program called “Stage en didactique du français, culture et société québécoises,” focusing on the teaching of French as a second language and Québec culture and society.
On October 24, Québec Premier Pauline Marois met Martin Zeil, Vice Minister President of the State of Bavaria and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, in Quebec City.
Pauline Marois, the Premier of Québec, welcomes the decision by the heads of state and government to call for the Francophonie to develop an economic strategy that will be tabled at its next Summit in Senegal in 2014. The Premier wanted to underscore her avowed desire to strengthen the francophone economic space by pooling the efforts of all economic players.
Québec was a stand out at the very first French Language Forum of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), which was held in Québec City July 2 to 6. The Forum brought together 1,300 participants from civil society from 104 countries for a week of activities, testimonials and debates on the French language, its current situation and its future. Quebecers also answered the call of the Forum and OIF, coming out in great numbers to take part in the cultural activities happening around the city that were open to the public.
Québec Premier Jean Charest and Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Pierre Arcand today unveiled the guidelines that are to frame the government’s commitment to dedicate 50% of the area of the Plan Nord territory to environmental protection, safeguarding biodiversity, strengthening the natural heritage and non-industrial development by 2035.
Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay today unveiled, in the presence of Québec’s representatives in Europe, the Québec Government’s European Strategy, which detail its objectives and priorities for Europe through to 2015.
Québec will be participating in the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that is being held from November 28 to December 9, 2011, in Durban, South Africa. The Parties to the Convention will pursue the implementation of the Cancun Agreements reached last year and will discuss the future of the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to end in December 2012.
Emilia Müller, Bavarian State Minister for Federal and European Affairs, was in Québec City on June 1. She met with Premier Jean Charest, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, and Jacques Chagnon, President of the National Assembly.
Québec has a new representative in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO. Michèle Stanton-Jean will assume her responsibilities on July 18. She is currently a visiting scholar at Université de Montréal’s CRDP (Public Law Research Centre).
Clément Gignac, Québec’s Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, and Matthias Platzeck, Minister-President of the German Land of Brandenburg, agreed on May 5 in Montréal to boost trade between Québec and Brandenburg. Minister-President Platzeck was accompanied by his Minister of the Economy and European Affairs, Ralf Christoffers.
The Plan Nord, one of the largest projects in Québec’s history, was launched on May 9. The ambitious project focuses on sustainable development. It stems from studies by the Québec government, regional elected officials and Aboriginal representatives in collaboration with representatives from the economic, social and environmental sectors. The Plan Nord’s representative and participatory approach makes it a unique model that strikes a balance between social and economic development as well as environmental protection in partnership with the First Nations.
On April 7, the Gouvernement du Québec unveiled its 2011-2020 action plan for electric vehicles. Québec has already taken first steps towards promoting the use of electricity in transportation, but its very first action plan for electric vehicles includes a series of new measures that go even further.
On May 2nd and 3rd, the Québec government, together with the government of Ontario, presented the first Canada-EU Innovation Forum. This high-profile event took place in Montréal at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and served as a catalyst for greater co-operation between Canada and the European Union in the matters of research and innovation.
Upon her return from the fifth Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions, held in Cape Town, South Africa, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, noted that the potential benefits associated with the tightening of Québec’s links with regional governments have never been greater.