Québec City (Québec, Canada) played host on May 6–8 to the annual general meeting of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. The meeting provided the opportunity to examine the ties between biodiversity and cultural diversity as well as the many opportunities to strengthen those ties during the two international years declared for 2010: International Year of Biodiversity and International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.
The event’s main guest speaker, internationally renowned astrophysicist and science writer Hubert Reeves, discussed his perspective on the ties between biodiversity and cultural diversity.
In welcoming the delegates, Québec Premier Jean Charest stated, “We are proud of the strong commitment of Québec civil society and the active participation of the Québec government in the efforts of an international organization working in sectors related to its fields of action.”
The Premier also reiterated that Québec will pursue its productive partnership with the federal government to ensure the effective implementation of the historical Québec-Canada Agreement on UNESCO, which recognizes “that the specificity of Québec leads it to play a special role internationally” and establishes a formal role for Québec within a United Nations organization for the first time.