Cultural diversity

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Souligner la Semaine internationale de la Francophonie, la Journée internationale de la Francophonie et appuyer la tenue du Sommet de la Francophonie à Québec en 2008 - Motion sans préavis, Assemblée nationale du Québec - 37e législature, 1re session - Journal des débats - Vol. 38, no 48

Mme Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, vice-première ministre, ministre des Relations internationales et ministre responsable de la Francophonie - Québec, le jeudi 11 mars 2004 - 2004/03/11

At its meeting of March 11, 2004, Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay called on the National Assembly of Quebec to discuss the following motion: “That the National Assembly promote International Francophonie Week, which will be held in Quebec beginning this March 14, as well as International Francophonie Day, to be celebrated on March 20, that it reaffirm its commitment to the institutions of la Francophonie and that it express its formal support for hosting the 2008 Francophonie Summit in Quebec City.” In particular, Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay stressed, “Cultural diversity is proving to be the first condition for cultural dialogue and, beyond that, the respect of nations.” According to her, “La Francophonie is a natural context for this dialogue since it has always meant to respect the differences among its members.” With regards to the adoption of an International Convention on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO, she emphasized, “The government of Quebec was one of the first to officially declare its support for creating an instrument on cultural diversity that, without hindering the rules of trade, recognizes the right of nations and governments to support their culture through policies. After having played an active role in all initiatives of la Francophonie to express this principle, Quebec is thrilled that UNESCO is analyzing a draft convention regarding the protection of cultural content and artistic expression for its next General Conference in 2005.” For Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay, “Quebec would like the planned convention to establish a dynamic legal framework within a cultural, rather than commercial, perspective that would put it on equal legal footing with international trade agreements. It also hopes that the convention includes a mechanism for conflict resolution, without which its effectiveness would be severely handicapped.” Towards this cause, Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay declared, “Quebec and la Francophonie are actively participating in one of the greatest debates of the century, one that aims to humanize globalization.” This motion was supported and unanimously adopted by the National Assembly. (Available in French only)