Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, is pleased by the appointment by Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of La Francophonie, of Michel Audet, the Government of Québec’s representative within Canada’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, as Commissioner General of the first Forum mondial de la langue française (global forum on the French language), to be held in Québec City in 2012.
“The appointment of Mr. Audet to this position is all the more natural seeing that, throughout his career, he has always cared about ensuring the place of and promoting the French language,” said Abdou Diouf. Michel Audet will take up his new duties in a few weeks. He will be responsible for the deployment of the first edition of the forum.
The forum is an initiative of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). It is being organized in collaboration with the Government of Québec, which has volunteered to host the first edition.
In the words of Secretary General Diouf, “Québec has an unflagging commitment to defending and promoting the French language. Today, I want to salute this commitment, which provides impetus for all of La Francophonie.”
Among other things, the 2012 forum is aimed at highlighting the international scope of the French language, which is an integral part of contemporary life and practices. The forum will promote the involvement of civil society, particularly young people, in the social issue of language.
Organisation internationale de la Francophonie