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.”
During the opening ceremony of Climate Week NYC on September 21, Premier Jean Charest spoke on behalf of States, provinces and regions in order to emphasize their concrete and crucial contribution in reducing greenhouse gases emissions. The ceremony was presided over by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair and attended by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as well as government and business representatives.
A joint declaration announcing the creation of a France-Québec migration movement and integration working group was signed in Paris on September 14 by the French Minister of Immigration and Integration, National Identity and Mutually-Supportive Development, Éric Besson, and the Québec Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Yolande James.
A green energy technology development assistance program, funded by a budget of $8M over two years, was recently established by the Québec government. The program is intended to stimulate research and innovation, foster an increase in the number of demonstrated new green energy technologies, and contribute to company growth and job creation.
The Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, and his Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, are pleased by the decision to renew Clément Duhaime’s term of office as Administrator of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). On September 4 in Paris, OIF Secretary General Abdou Diouf announced that he trusts Duhaime’s competence and vision and has chosen him to serve a second four-year term as OIF Administrator.
Norway-based Funcom, one of Europe’s leading video game companies, is set to open a new studio in Montréal devoted to massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) development and publishing, providing further confirmation of the video game industry’s strategic role in Québec’s largest city.
GlaxoSmithKline’s Québec City plant, which produces all of Canada’s flu vaccine, will benefit from a $90 million modernization. The project involves replacing the sterile filling and packaging line with a new larger-capacity line, which is scheduled for completion in 2012. The investment will enable GSK to boost its pandemic vaccine production capacity and to reduce delivery times in the event that the World Health Organization declares another pandemic.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, delivered a positive report on his official visit to Spain (September 7-11), which included meetings with some 15 high-level political figures and visits to a variety of industrial and cultural centres. He also announced four new cooperation projects during his trip.