Chaired by Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), the 64th session of the Permanent Council of La Francophonie (CPF) was held on July 9, 2007, in Paris, France, bringing together the personal representatives of OIF heads of state and government.
Cultural diversity was on the meeting’s agenda, as the Permanent Council took the opportunity to look back on the first UNESCO Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions held on June 18 and 19, 2007. The Conference “marked the implementation of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity and the Intergovernmental Committee, of which 15 of the 24 members belong to OIF.” Mr. Diouf was quick to point out that this concerted effort by francophone members “perfectly illustrates our collective bargaining power.”
CPF members also looked at preparations for the 23rd session of the Francophone Ministerial Conference, to be held in Laos on November 20–21, 2007.
Read the OIF press release to learn more about the 64 th session of the CPF.