Cultural diversity

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The Montreux Declaration: Heads of states and governments call for the Convention to be ratified and implemented

In their Final Declaration adopted at the end of the XIII Summit of La Francophonie held in Montreux, Switzerland, on October 23–24, the heads of French-speaking states and governments reiterated their will to "promote cultural diversity and multilingualism," stating:

"We assert the importance of the contribution of culture to the social development of our countries. We therefore reiterate our call for the universal ratification and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. We call upon the OIF and its agents to support francophone countries of the South committed to developing their national cultural policies and working to build cultural industries within their borders.

We call upon the OIF and its agents to adopt a policy to promote French, which integrates and supports the actions of the OIF and its agents and networks with the goal of having it adopted at the XIV Summit of La Francophonie. The OIF will therefore organize, in collaboration with the government of Quebec, an international forum on the French language to be held in spring 2012. [...]

We reiterate our support for the multilateral French-language channel TV5 and its essential role in the teaching and use of French around the world. We therefore intend to facilitate the broadcast and accessibility of TV5, which is a vehicle of cultural diversity."

The Montreux Declaration, the three speeches by La Francophonie Secretary-General Abdou Diouf, and the nine Resolutions adopted during the Summit are available on the websites of the International Organization of La Francophonie and the Summit.