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XIIe Sommet de la Francophonie 2008 closes

The XIIe Sommet de la Francophonie came to a close on October 19, 2008, in Québec City, Canada. During the event, heads of French-speaking states and governments adopted the Declaration of Québec City as well as four resolutions, including one on the French language.

We believe the Declaration of Québec City and the Resolution on the French Language both address the concept of the diversity of cultural expressions. First, in the section of the declaration regarding the French language, the heads of French-speaking states and governments declare, “We are committed to taking appropriate measures to encourage the broadcast and accessibility of TV5 Monde, in addition to our public and private networks. Likewise, we reiterate our commitment to this multilateral francophone network and to its essential role in broadcasting and teaching French internationally and as an example of cultural diversity.”

Second, at the start of the Resolution on the French Language, the heads of French-speaking states and governments state they are “attached to the principles at the heart of La Francophonie and faithful to the commitment to protect and promote cultural expressions, a fundamental part of which is linguistic diversity.” They also express their desire to “give La Francophonie innovative tools for encouraging and promoting the use of the French language.” Based on these two preambles, the heads of French-speaking states and governments described the commitments contained in the Resolution on the French Language adopted at the Québec City Summit.

To fully grasp the scope of the Declaration of Québec City and the Resolution on the French Language, please see the full text of both of these very important documents on the XIIe Sommet de la Francophonie website.

The heads of French-speaking states and governments have decided that the XIIIe Sommet de la Francophonie will be held in Madagascar in 2010.