The Québec government is moving ahead with plans for a carbon market. On December 13, 2012, the Cabinet adopted the Regulation Amending the Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission (GHG) allowances.
While on mission in New York City, Premier Pauline Marois and Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade Jean-François Lisée participated in the official opening on December 13 of the first office of the Expansion Québec network, a new support service for Québec export companies developed in partnership with Entreprise Rhône-Alpes International (ERAI).
Michèle Delaunay, French Junior Minister for the Elderly and Dependant Care, was in Québec on a fact-finding visit from November 28 to 30. The purpose of her trip was to explore good practices in the area of seniors’ autonomy and consider ways to adapt to an ageing population.
Two Québec and French organizations active in mental health education recently launched a guide in Québec to support the friends and family of people with a mental illness. This tool was developed as a cooperation project between France and Québec in response to a shared public health issue.
Pauline Marois, the Premier of Québec, welcomes the decision by the heads of state and government to call for the Francophonie to develop an economic strategy that will be tabled at its next Summit in Senegal in 2014. The Premier wanted to underscore her avowed desire to strengthen the francophone economic space by pooling the efforts of all economic players.
The first day of Québec Premier Pauline Marois’ mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was one of international solidarity and support for women and children, the most marginalized members of society.
Michèle Stanton-Jean, the Québec Government Representative within the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, participated in a major conference of experts in the field of digital documentary heritage in Vancouver in September. The purpose of this event, which was jointly organized by UNESCO and the University of British Columbia and which received funding from the Government of Québec, was to explore the main challenges facing this sector.
Two awards sponsored by the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur and the Consulate General of France in Québec City were presented to Québec and French researchers at the 68th Gala of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) held on October 2 at the Montréal Science Centre.
The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, has appointed Jean-François Lisée as Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, and Minister responsible for the Montréal Region. The appointment took place in the Québec National Assembly on Wednesday, September 18, 2012, at the swearing-in of the new Cabinet.
The QS World University Rankings 2012-2013, which have just been published, place four Québec universities among the 450 best in the world, highlighting the value and quality of Québec’s university education system.
The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) will award grants totalling $1,260,000 to fund 69 touring projects filed by 66 organizations at the end of the Programme d’aide à la diffusion hors Québec registration deadline.
The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the Institut français recently signed a three-year agreement regarding exchanges of digital arts artists and studio-apartments. Every year beginning in 2013, two Québec artists will go to Paris and two French artists will come to Montréal for three months.
Québec was a stand out at the very first French Language Forum of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), which was held in Québec City July 2 to 6. The Forum brought together 1,300 participants from civil society from 104 countries for a week of activities, testimonials and debates on the French language, its current situation and its future. Quebecers also answered the call of the Forum and OIF, coming out in great numbers to take part in the cultural activities happening around the city that were open to the public.
The Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) recently coordinated the presence of a delegation of Québec documentary film production and distribution businesses at Sunny Side of the Doc, an internationally renowned documentary trade fair. The 23rd edition of the event was held in June at Espace Encan, in the French city of La Rochelle.
The first French Language World Forum, organized under the auspices of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) in close collaboration with the Government of Québec, will take place in Québec City from July 2 to 6, 2012. It will provide an ideal platform for highlighting and demonstrating the influence and dynamic nature of French, and will present it as a modern and attractive language, while stressing its vitality and pluralism. The event will also initiate a collective consideration of the future of French.
Premier Jean Charest and Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, took part in the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, “Rio+20.” The international event was an opportunity to highlight Québec’s sustainable development commitment and initiatives and determination to speed up the shift to a green economy.
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 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).