The 33rd session of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) was held July 3 to 6, 2007, in Libreville, Gabon. A press release posted on the APF website indicates that Gabonese president El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba opened the session in the presence of Gabonese national assembly president Guy NZouba-Ndama, Gabonese senate president René Radembino Coniquet, APF president Bernard Patry, Gabonese parliament secretary general Jacques Legendre, and Mr. Abdou Diouf, secretary general of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), as well as numerous assembly presidents and parliamentarians from five continents.
The press release states that this year’s Libreville session is special, as 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the APF.
OIF secretary general Abdou Diouf paid tribute to the APF’s work over the past 40 years. He stated, “The Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie guarantees the democratic functioning of our organization. It is the tie, the link, the unifying bond between La Francophonie and its peoples. You fuel our decisions through the opinions and recommendations you submit to the OIF. You spur our thinking. And your free manner and independent speech are for us the assurance of a continually awakened conscience. You support our actions in this shared battle for linguistic and cultural diversity, in this shared battle for solidarity, democracy, human rights, and peace.”
The APF includes parliamentarians from 73 parliaments and interparliamentary organizations on all six continents. It seeks primarily to promote and defend democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights, the international flourishing of the French language, and cultural diversity.
To learn more about this 33rd session, visit the APF website.