A Belgian mission will take part in the XIIIth International Winter Road Congress, to be held in Québec City from February 8 to 11, 2010. It will be composed of Claude Van Rooten, member of the Executive Committee of the World Road Association (PIARC) and Director General of the Road Research Centre (RRC); Jean-Claude Moureau, President of the RRC and Director General of Bruxelles-Mobilité; and Etienne Scherpereel, Vice-President of the RRC and President of the Fédération belge des entrepreneurs de voirie.
The Regulation respecting greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, the standards of which are equivalent to those adopted in California, come into effect in mid-January. Québec thereby becomes the first Canadian province to apply North America’s strictest standards.
The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, located in Montréal, will oversee the worldwide biodiversity-protection awareness campaign deployed throughout the year.
Premier Jean Charest and Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, wish to offer their condolences to the family of Philippe Séguin, first president of France’s General Accounting Office (Cour des Comptes), former speaker of the National Assembly and former French government minister, who passed away on January 7 in Paris.
Seven photographs depicting Québec heritage sites are featured in an exhibition of the winning entries from the International Monument Photography Experience (EPIM), in which young people from some 60 countries and regions from around the world took part.
Every year, French language organizations from France, Switzerland, Québec and the French Community of Belgium meet to review their cooperation activities, develop new initiatives and discuss topics of common interest during a symposium.
Organized jointly by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the Government of Québec, a conference called “Interacting in diversity for social cohesion” was held in Strasbourg on December 7 and 8.
Europe and the world are changing, and public institutions have to meet growing user demand for adapted services.
Premier Jean Charest and Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, outlined the initiatives undertaken by Québec at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Québec Premier Jean Charest took the floor during the Climate Leaders Summit convened by The Climate Group on December 15 in Copenhagen. The Summit was the largest meeting of heads of federated states and regions ever held during a Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP). The participants, who also included industry leaders, all agreed on the need to implement a global agreement on climate change.
Over 150 people, mostly university students, participated in the La Francophonie Day of Discovery at Waseda University in Tokyo on December 13. This was the first event organized by the Council for the promotion of the Francophonie in Japan, an initiative encouraged by the Québec Government Office in Tokyo earlier this year.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, was delighted with the outcome of the work accomplished at the 25th Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie (CMF), which ended on December 16 in Paris.
In Copenhagen for the 15th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Premier Jean Charest announced Québec's support for the EV20 initiative. This initiative aims to bring together the leaders of 20 cities, States or nations with vehicle manufacturers, fleet owners and financiers involved in the development of the electric vehicle sector in order to accelerate the development of this market.
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) and Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIC) have signed an agreement that marks the start of a new era for occupational stays for young adults from Québec and Europe.
Premier Jean Charest and Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, are currently in Denmark during the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. They will be promoting Québec’s leadership role among the international community in the fight against climate change while underscoring the adoption of strict greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets.
On December 11 and 12, Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, under the direction of Bernard Labadie, performed Handel’s Messiah and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Premier Jean Charest and his Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, are pleased by the results of their mission to Russia. They both painted a bright picture of the economic, political and institutional meetings they took part in from December 7 to 11 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.