March 20, International Francophonie Day, coincides this year with the 40th anniversary of the OIF (lnternational Francophonie Organization). Québec is one of the founding members of the organization, which currently includes 70 states and governments from regions throughout the world.
The OIF was founded on March 20, 1970. Its members share in common the French language and universal values. The organization’s activities focus largely on political initiatives that foster democracy and human rights. Additionally, cooperative action for the advancement of such sectors as culture, education and sustainable development has earned it considerable status among international organizations.
The OIF is the only multilateral government organization in which Québec has full-fledged membership. It is therefore fitting that Québec’s International Policy has given the OIF considerable importance. La Francophonie provides Québec with an exceptional forum for promoting its interests and values and undertaking activities that support the influence of the French language and dialogue among cultures. It is also a venue for furthering respect for the environment and international solidarity. During the 12th Francophonie Summit held in Québec City in October, 2008, the Québec government took the opportunity to underscore the vitality of its initiatives within La Francophonie.
Several activities will be organized in Québec and at Québec Government Offices abroad to mark Francophonie Day on March 20 and celebrate being a part of La Francophonie.
Québec and La Francophonie