Within the framework of the Canadian delegation, Québec took part in the eighth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), held under the aegis of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Brasilia, Brazil, from February 24 to 26.
Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, arrived in Paris on March 2 for two days of work sessions with French authorities in the areas of the environment and sustainable development.
In August, some 1,000 representatives of civil society organizations from around the globe will be gathering in Montréal for the CIVICUS World Assembly 2010: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. The Government of Québec will be taking part in this event, which is being organized in association with the Institut du nouveau monde (INM).
As it launched its new business mentoring program, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce drew inspiration from the Québec model. It called on the services of Alain Aubut, a former Québec business executive who has become a mentor and the vice president of the Réseau francophone du Mentorat d’affaires (Francophone business mentoring network).
Under an agreement signed in Montréal by the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and the All Japan Chefs Association (AJCA), apprentice chefs from Québec will be able to take part in internships in Japan and their Japanese counterparts will have a chance to participate in internships in Québec.
At a meeting in Québec City on February 25, Premier Jean Charest and Stanislaw Tillich, Minister-President of the German state of Saxony, agreed to step up bilateral exchanges, particularly in the economic and cultural spheres. Their meeting marked the 20th anniversary of official relations between Québec and Saxony.
Brussels, February 26, 2010 – The Secretary General of the Ministère de la Communauté française, Frédéric Delcor, and the Delegate General of Québec, Christos Sirros, will award the Prix Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles de littérature de jeunesse 2009 (2009 Québec/Wallonia-Brussels prize for youth literature) to Québec author Dominique Demers for L’Élu : la grande quête de Jacob Jobin (Québec Amérique) and Wallonia-Brussels author Jean-Marie Defossez for Envol pour le paradis (Bayard Jeunesse), at the Brussels Book Fair, on March 8, 2010 at 1 p.m. (Espace Mille Feuilles, 117). The prize is specifically in the category of novels for young people 12 to 15 years of age.
As part of a mission to the southern United States that got under way on February 22, Minister Pierre Arcand stopped in Houston and Austin, Texas, to meet with high-profile private and public stakeholders. The meetings were a chance for him to highlight Québec’s expertise in fields like energy and the environment, aerospace, nanotechnology and life sciences.
Premier Jean Charest visited the US capital from February 19-21 as part of a mission undertaken by the Council of the Federation, in conjunction with the winter meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA).
To mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, secondary school students in Québec were invited to take part in a writing competition held by the organization Éducaloi. The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) contributed to the initiative by awarding a prize to one of the winning authors.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, will be in the United States from February 21 to 25 on his first mission there since the unveiling of the Québec government’s U.S. Strategy. He will travel to Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, three high-growth states which account for an annual trade volume with Québec of nearly $7 billion.
As part of a Council of the Federation mission, Premier Jean Charest will be in Washington on February 19 and 20 to meet with the U.S. governors in attendance at the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in the U.S. capital.