Cultural diversity

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The secretary general of La Francophonie meets with Trois Espaces Linguistiques general and executive secretaries

On April 21, 2008, in Lisbon, Portugal, secretary general of La Francophonie Abdou Diouf attended a meeting of Trois Espaces Linguistiques general and executive secretaries at the invitation of Luis Fonseca, executive secretary of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), alongside SEGIB secretary general Enrique Iglesias, secretary general of the Latin Union Bernardino Osio, and a representative of the secretary general of OEI (Organization of Ibero-American States). The director general of the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization, Mongi Bousnina, was also in attendance.

The press release issued by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) a few days before the event was held notes that participants were to discuss the intercomprehensibility of Latin languages and a pilot project to use intercomprehensibility between the languages of the Trois Espaces Linguistiques in teaching institutions in each of the countries, as well as the creation of a multilingual terminology bank, the use of multilingual signs in public places, and the distribution and dissemination of cultural goods. More broadly speaking, the general and executive secretaries were to adopt an action plan for the next two years.

The OIF press release concludes that the representatives of the five organizations, which bring together 84 states and governments, were also to reiterate their commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity and their desire to make full use of their full political, economic, and cultural influence in an evolving world. Held for the first time on March 20, 2001, these exchanges between La Francophonie and other linguistic areas intensified over the years, finally leading to regular cooperation between French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic-speaking regions.