Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, and Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, held a working meeting with André Bachand, Canada’s new Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, on August 24 in Montréal. Michel Audet, Québec’s representative within Canada’s permanent delegation to UNESCO, also attended the meeting.
Mr. Arcand and Ms. St-Pierre congratulated Mr. Bachand on his appointment and assured him of the Government of Quebec’s full support. Mr. Arcand added: “The bonds of trust and close cooperation that we have established will serve to strengthen the new ambassador’s relationship with Québec’s representative to Canada’s permanent mission to UNESCO, Michel Audet.”
The meeting also provided an opportunity to review the Government of Québec’s past initiatives, together with its priorities for the immediate term, particularly the 35th session of the UNESCO General Conference slated for October.
“Thus far, Québec has successfully defended the implementation of UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions thanks to outstanding cooperation with the federal government,” said Ms. St-Pierre.
The UNESCO agreement entered into by the Québec and Canadian governments in 2006 established a historical precedent by assigning a formal role to Québec within the United Nations. Mr. Audet, Québec’s first and current representative within Canada’s permanent delegation to UNESCO, took up his duties in 2007. The working meeting in Montréal is one illustration of the synergies developed by the provincial and federal governments in recent years.
Québec Representation in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO