A number of international experts are in Québec City from October 13 to 15 to discuss rural development issues and their impact on prosperity during the OECD Annual Rural Development Conference. The event was launched in the presence of Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, and Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy.
Pierre Arcand, Québec’s Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, will be undertaking an official visit to China from October 9-17. He will be accompanied by a large delegation of approximately 50 people representing Québec companies and institutions, together with environmental and IT researchers and representatives of the tourism sector and the Centre for the International Promotion of Quebec Public Expertise (CIPQPE).
Following bilateral discussions in Québec City between Premier Jean Charest and the Governor of the state of Jalisco, Mexico, Emilio González Márquez, the two governments signed a cooperation agreement to further consolidate the close ties that exist between Québec and Jalisco. The agreement will lead to the development of alliances and the implementation of cooperation activities over the short and medium term, primarily in education, culture, the economy and tourism. Encouraging the participation of young people is also a goal.
Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, was in Brussels on October 6 and 7. With just two months to go before the Copenhagen Summit, the Minister’s visit was a chance for her to present Québec’s positions on climate change and emphasize the role of federated states and regions in implementing the decisions that will be made in Copenhagen. “It’s a prerequisite for achieving the objectives,” she said. Indeed, federated states and regions can help meet greenhouse gas reduction targets through legislation and regulations, and in exercising the powers within their jurisdiction.
At the close of the 2nd Governors’ Global Climate Summit co-hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles, on October 2, Québec Premier Jean Charest signed the final declaration in which participating governments reiterate the urgency of taking action to combat climate change and the importance of recognizing the fundamental contribution made by federated states in implementing solutions for reducing the effects of greenhouse gases (GHG). The joint declaration by the leaders of regions and federated states will stimulate discussions on establishing a new climate change protocol at the UN Conference on climate change that will be held next December in Copenhagen.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Mr. Pierre Arcand, salutes the appointment of Mr. John Parisella as the new Québec Delegate General in New York and that of Mr. Robert Keating as Assistant Deputy Minister of International Relations beginning November 16, 2009.
On mission to Japan, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Pierre Arcand met with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Koichi Takemasa. This marks Mr. Takemasa’s first meeting with a foreign diplomat since the election of the new Hatoyama government on August 30, 2009.
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Currently on mission to Japan, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Pierre Arcand stressed the “importance for Québec’s academic institutions and scientific research community to act on existing collaborative R&D opportunities in Japan. Québec has expertise in certain scientific sectors that should be promoted in Japan and also stands to benefit from technological transfers in a number of complementary research sectors.”