On December 15, Claude Fleury, Director of the Québec Government Office in Barcelona (BQB), gave a speech in the county of Amposta, Catalonia, on Québec’s biosphere reserves. His presentation was part of an event held to launch Spain’s candidacy for the regions of Ebro and Matarranya (located respectively in Catalonia and Aragon) to obtain the status of World Biosphere Reserves, awarded by UNESCO.
As part of the festivities surrounding the 150th anniversary of the birth of Russian author Anton Chekhov, Québec City’s Théâtre du Trident performed Three Sisters in Brazil. The production was directed by Wajdi Mouawad.
More than 200 participants from the worlds of politics, diplomacy and academia, together with representatives of think tanks and non-governmental organizations, attended the inaugural edition of the Québec Annual Lecture, which was held in London on December 1.
The 3rd Symposium of the Luso-Francophone Health Conference (COLUFRAS) was held in December in Campo Grande, Brazil. The Québec Office in São Paulo participated in the event, which was organized in collaboration with the National Council of Secretaries of State for Health (CONASS).
Activities to promote Québec’s educational offerings were held in November at the Expo Excelencia Universitaria education trade fair in Mexico City and in Guadalajara, located in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
While in Québec City, Algerian Ambassador Smail Benamara, accompanied by Algerian Consul General in Montréal Abdelghani Amara, met with Premier Jean Charest and the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay. Discussions focused primarily on strengthening cooperation with Algeria, which is Québec’s largest trading partner in Africa.
At the end of his visit to the Climate Leaders Summit, the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, left Cancun with the conviction that the actions of the federated states are putting significant pressure on the international negotiations surrounding the fight against climate change.
The fourth Climate Leaders' Summit, organized by the Climate Group, is being held on December 6-7 in Cancun, Mexico in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference (Conference of the Parties 16/COP16). Québec Premier Jean Charest is co-chairing the event with South Australian Premier Mike Rann.
Canadian historian Jean Lamarre will give a talk at The Newberry Library on Saturday, December 4, to kick off their series on French Canadians in the Midwest. The series will continue through mid-March 2011 and includes a Spotlight exhibition, a series of public programs, and teacher resources.
As part of the 16th Alternating Meeting of Québec’s Premier and France’s Prime Minister, Jean Charest, Québec’s Premier, and François Fillon, Prime Minister of the French Republic, agreed on new actions that seek to strengthen relations between Québec and France.
Québec and Alsace celebrated 10 years of cooperation from November 24 to 26, with a series of activities that took place across Alsace. On an official mission in France, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, traveled yesterday to Strasbourg.
Mayor Régis Labeaume was in New York and Philadelphia on November 22 and 23 to promote Québec City’s economic development. Organized by Québec Government Office in New York, the initiative was designed to spotlight Québec City-based companies and research centres, particularly in the life science and information technology sectors.
Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, and Henri de Raincourt, Minister Delegate to the Minister of State and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Responsible for Cooperation, announced the signing of 10 new mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) at a ceremony in Paris yesterday [November 23]. The event was attended by representatives of Québec’s and France’s regulatory bodies.
French television icon Michel Drucker was promoted on November 22 to the rank of Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, presented him with his officer’s insignia on behalf of Premier Charest.
Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), made an official visit to Québec City on November 4. He notably met with Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie.