The 36th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) was held in Dakar, Senegal, July 4–8, 2010.
Members of the Québec delegation of the APF took advantage of this event to invite participants to an interparliamentary conference on the diversity of cultural expressions to be held in Québec City in February 2011. “This major international conference is an initiative by the president of the National Assembly of Québec. It will be a wonderful opportunity to closely examine the implementation of the UNESCO convention adopted in 2005 and to confirm the leadership of La Francophonie on the pivotal issue of cultural diversity,” states a press release issued by Québec’s National Assembly.
During the session, the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie also awarded the first Prix Senghor-Césaire Award to Association des professeurs de français en Haïti (APROFH). The prize is awarded to an individual or organization having made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of La Francophonie and linguistic and cultural diversity.
“This prize is named in honor of Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001) and Aimé Césaire (1913–2008), two great figures in French-language literature and politics who had a major influence on our era and who continue to provide inspiring examples to their countries and to the entire French-speaking world,” states an APF press release.