General programming for the celebratory activities of the 50th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Paris in 2011 was unveiled on November 26 by Québec Premier Jean Charest. An overview of the programming is available at www.quebec.fr/50
Public health and the environment, as well as specialized laboratory services, such as toxicology and microbiology, are the focus of a partnership initiated jointly by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), the Centre d'expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec (CEAEQ) and Chili’s Public Health Institute.
The Ministère des Relations internationales is seeking young Quebecers from Northern Québec to participate in the Youth Eco-Forum (YEF) as delegates or chaperones. This annual meeting is organized by the Northern Forum—of which Québec is a member—as part of its Environment Program. This year, YEF will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon, August 8 to 14.
Québec Premier Jean Charest, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Pierre Arcand and Minister of Transport Pierre Moreau unveiled the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP 2020) and the accompanying Government Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation.
The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) has just granted six bursaries to Québec students to help them attend the L'Europe en crise(s) summer school, which will take place from July 2 to 7 at Université de Montréal.
The 3rd Annual General Assembly of the Association francophone des comités nationaux olympiques (AFCNO) was held in Québec City on May 25 and 26. It brought together representatives from the 42 national Olympic committees and the member states and governments of the Association, as well as observers from the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Grand témoin de la Francophonie for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), signed an agreement in Québec City at the 10th SportAccord Convention in Québec City on the use of French during these summer games. Gilbert Felli, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games, attended the signing.
The third edition of the Young Leaders Program was held from May 16 to 19. This year, four young leaders from the United States and two from Mexico came to Québec and had a series of meetings with representatives from the Government of Québec, businesses, universities and non-governmental organizations.
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), Pierre Corbeil, presented the Québec Award for Excellence in Agri-Food Export to Said Chergui, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aliments Prolimer Inc., during the Canadian Agri-Food Export Gala at SIAL Canada 2012. This award is presented to a person who has shown excellence by his or her achievements and dynamism in exporting Québec agri-food products.
A number of scientists and experts from Québec and abroad took part on April 26 and 27 in an International Scientific Symposium held under the theme “Planning the Conservation of Québec’s Northern Ecosystems: The Challenge of a Decade.” The event was an opportunity for the participants to share their knowledge of major issues related to Québec’s commitment to protect 50% of the Plan Nord (Northern Plan) territory.
The Government of Québec invites civil society organizations to submit their projects if they wish to receive funding for their participation in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also called Rio+20, which will be held in Brazil from June 20 to 22, 2012. The goal is to promote strong and diverse participation in this major international meeting on sustainable development.
Ressources Québec is a new Investissement Québec (IQ) subsidiary designed for businesses interested in investing in the mining and hydrocarbon sectors. Ressources Québec will provide financial solutions and support for businesses that want to develop large-scale, formative projects that are profitable for Québec, from exploration to mining and resource processing.
At Premier Charest’s invitation during his mission in China in August 2011 to promote the Plan Nord, a group of business professionals accompanied Cai Limin, Vice Governor of Shandong province, on his mission in Québec from April 4 to 6.
Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, today confirmed the funding and support of the Government of Québec for the first edition of the Forum mondial de la langue française, which will be held in Québec City from July 2 to 6, 2012. The Government of Québec is a key partner of this major event and will provide funding for the Forum mondial de la langue française to the tune of $2 million.
On November 7, 2007, the governments of Québec, Canada and the Republic of Haiti signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to implement the Haitian Governance Enhancement Project (PARGEP). A meeting of the joint committee was recently held in Port-au-Prince, and it was decided to extend the project for an additional two years to continue the solidarity efforts following the 2010 earthquake.
Commissioner General Michel Audet announced the official program of the World Forum for the French Language (FMLF) today in the presence of Clément Duhaime, the Administrator of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). Over 100 activities will be on the menu for the event, which will be held in Québec City from July 2 to 6, 2012.
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) has just awarded the first prize for the best Canadian and US tour, which comes with $10,000 in prize money, to circus company Les 7 doigts de la main for the United States tour of Traces.