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XIth Francophonie Summit and promotion of the ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the diversity of cultural expressions - 2006/09/25-29

Romania receives from September 25 to 29 the XI th Summit of la Francophonie (OIF) which will gather the 63 Heads of States and Governments of countries partaking French. Supreme body of la Francophonie , the Summit , held every two years, constitutes a major gathering for the orientations of the Francophone political action and cooperation. The Summit may be defined as a session of the Permanent Council of la Francophonie (September 25), proceeded by a meeting of the Ministerial Conference of la Francophonie (September 26), followed by the Conference of the Heads of States and Governments (September 28-29). In Bucharest , the Summit will bear on "Information technologies in education" , a theme which covers several important programs defined within the decennial strategic framework of la Francophonie and implemented by OIF and its operators.

It is worth noting that OIF is determined to maintain its mobilization in order to give its full meaning to the UNESCO Convention on the diversity of cultural expressions adopted on October 20, 2005. To that effect, within the proceedings of the 32th session of the Assemblée parlementaire de la francophonie (APF) were held from June 30 to July 3, 2006 in Rabat, Morocco, the Secretary-general of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), Mr. Abdou Diouf,, was already making an "urgent and solemn plea" to all francophone elected representatives of the world so that "they may double their efforts in favour of a very prompt ratification of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions" . He was also demanding from those present there "to forward this call into their own countries as soon as they return and to gather all political forces as well as those of civil society around this great cause". According to Mr. Diouf, it was "crucial that as large a number as possible of the Member States have deposited their instrument of ratification (...) before the next Summit of Bucharest", being held this very week ( consult the July 10 th issue of our Bulletin - no 25)

During a press conference having to do with this XI th Summit, on September 5, the Secretary-general's Advisor and spokesman of OIF, Mr. Hugo Sada, indicated that "The Bucharest Summit would give a fresh boost to the ratification of the Convention on the part of many other countries".

We will return to this event in a coming issue.

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