Québec will host the first French Language World Form in 2012. Québec Premier Jean Charest made the announcement at the close of the Montreux Summit. The decision illustrates the confidence that Secretary General Abdou Diouf and the heads of member states and governments of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) have in Québec.
Promoting the French language
The forum will be organized under the auspices of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) in close collaboration with the Government of Québec and its partners. An international committee will be established and a commissioner will be chosen. The commissioner will be designated by the OIF after consultation with Québec. The Forum should subsequently be held at regular intervals.
Premier Charest emphasized that this first forum will include a wide range of observers and experts and will provide an opportunity for in-depth consideration of the role of French as an actor in plurilingualism and its place within economic and political globalization. The forum will highlight the French language’s strong points and will be geared toward a broad audience that will facilitate the involvement and participation of young people.
“During the 12th Summit of La Francophonie held in Québec City in 2008, all heads of state and government discussed the French language for the first time and as a result of our initiative. This forum will enable us to continue the work undertaken for the report our organization released entitled La langue française dans le monde en 2010 (French language in the world in 2010),” said Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie.
Support for Haiti
At the close of the Summit, a resolution put forward jointly by Québec and Haiti was adopted, making Haiti a priority for francophone solidarity.
“Québec has shown solidarity for the Haitian people for several decades, particularly by placing Haiti at the heart of its international aid policy. This Summit has allowed us to play an important leadership role in mobilizing all of La Francophonie to provide assistance for the country’s reconstruction,” noted Minister Gagnon-Tremblay.
Role of federated states
Also at Québec’s request, the final Declaration of the Summit recognizes the role of federated entities, regions and local and regional authorities in implementing international commitments within their areas of jurisdiction. This is an important step forward that is now supported by all states and governments participating in the Summit.
Throughout the duration of the Montreux Summit, Premier Charest and Minister Gagnon-Tremblay had opportunities to participate in several bilateral meetings with their counterparts and speak with representatives of the OIF’s 70 members and observers.
13th Summit of La Francophonie - Montreux 2010 (in French)
Québec and La Francophonie