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 fifth edition of the World Forum on Energy Regulation was held in Québec City from May 14 to 16, under the theme “Striking a Balance in the Midst of Change.” Clément Gignac, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, took part in the event and seized the opportunity to highlight Québec’s important role in renewable energy. Each edition of the annual World Forum on Energy Regulation draws over 1,000 participants from about a hundred countries.
The impacts of climate change and global warming increase the pressure on the environment. This is especially visible in the Arctic and Antarctic and, as such, new ways of tracking the evolution of the polar ice caps are required.
The “Vendanges” program is now accepting registrations for its 36th harvest season! This annual program offered by the Québec-France Association gives young Quebecers an opportunity to work in French vineyards. It is the perfect opportunity to discover one of the essential aspects of French culture. The deadline for registering is June 4, 2012.
Québec Delegate General in Brussels Christos Sirros, Associate Deputy Minister - Forêt Québec Richard Savard, and MDDEP representative Robert Noël de Tilly (Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs) recently took part in a conference in Brussels organized by the European Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. They were invited to present the Québec model. Québec is viewed as a pioneer in sustainable development and forest management.
The Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise is calling for projects for its general program, the Samuel De Champlain program and the Fonds franco-québécois de coopération décentralisée (France-Québec decentralized cooperation fund).
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.
Original artwork and preparatory documents for Alchimie des ailleurs by Québec sculptor Michel Goulet will be on display from March 16 to May 20 at Musée Rimbaud in Charleville-Mézières, the birthplace of the poet in the Champagne-Ardennes region of France. The exhibit was organized in partnership with the Québec Government Office in Paris and the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, with funding from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Québec Delegate General in Paris and personal representative of the Premier for the Francophonie, Michel Robitaille, was in Kinshasa from March 20 to 24 to prepare for the 14th Francophonie Summit, which will be held in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from October 12 to 14, 2012.
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.
The agri-food and pharmaceutical industries have long used water activity measurements to optimize the stability and storage of their products. A research team from French organization Irstea (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) has successfully adapted this technique for forest seeds and pollens with the goal of improving storage quality.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women Sylvie Barcelo spoke on behalf of Canada and Québec at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) session in New York City on February 29.
About a dozen organizations will take part in a pilot project aimed at creating a recognized carbon footprint certification system in Québec. Launched by the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE), the initiative will receive $24 million in funding from the Québec government. The term “carbon footprint” refers to the total greenhouse gas emissions produced during the full life cycle of a product, from design to disposal.
British firm Quacquarelli Symonds Limited (QS), which specializes in higher education information, announced its Best Student Cities in the World 2012 ranking in February. Montréal was ranked 10th in the world, 2nd in North America and 1st in Canada, outranking cities like Barcelona, Tokyo, New York and Amsterdam.
As desired by La Francophie’s heads of state and government assembled in Montreux during the last Summit of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) in 2010, a francophone forum in preparation for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio + 20) was held on February 8 and 9 in Lyon.
On January 31 in Montréal, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, met with 56 diplomats stationed in Québec, including representatives of Belgium, France, Honduras, Portugal, Tunisia, Lebanon, Greece, Russia, Wallonia-Brussels, the United Kingdom, the United States, Yemen and Lithuania.
Yolande James, Minister of Families, has just returned from a mission in Norway, where she represented Québec at the roundtable of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where family policies were the main topic of discussion
Bursaries for teaching French to non-French speakers are granted to instructors, authors and students through the Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ) and a donation from Anne-Marie Boucher. Projects submitted by applicants must be aimed at increasing awareness of Québec, its culture and its literature through the teaching of French. Applications must be filed with AIEQ by February 21, 2012.