Cultural diversity

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"Une solidarité francophone engagée à la défense de la diversité culturelle"

Mme Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, vice-première ministre, ministre des Relations internationales et ministre responsable de la Francophonie, Dakar-Sénégal, le 1er  mars 2004 - 2004/03/01

Cultural diversity was on the agenda for a cocktail party hosted by the government of Quebec during Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay’s official visit to Senegal and Burkina Faso. To this end, Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay declared that la Francophonie would continue its efforts “in supporting the fight for cultural and linguistic diversity.”  She emphasized “the contribution and commitment of Senegal to protecting cultural diversity, particularly within UNESCO,” and stated, “Africa must be a part of this struggle for the respect and protection of cultural identities. La Francophonie must offer assistance and support wherever there is a desire for a true national infrastructure serving cultural creation, production and distribution. Culture, in Africa as well as elsewhere, must be one of the keys to economic development.”

The official visit continued in Burkina Faso, where Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay met with the President of the Republic, Blaise Compaoré, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Youssouf Ouédraogo, who is heading the national organizational committee for the 10th Summit of La Francophonie, to be held in Burkina Faso this November. She also met with representatives of the Burkinabe Coalition for Cultural Diversity. (Available in French only)