Cultural diversity

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Québec increases its contribution to the International Organization of La Francophonie by $2 million – 2007/06/19

On June 19, 2007, Québec’s Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Ms. Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, announced a voluntary additional $2 million contribution to the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF). Commenting on the decision, the minister explained that “Québec is actively involved with a number of bodies within La Francophonie and is renowned for its input, commitment, and innovative thinking. I am delighted to announce this additional support to IOF as a demonstration of our common desire to respect the diversity of cultures and to serve the causes of peace, democracy, education, and sustainable development.” The press release issued for the occasion added that this amount was in addition to Québec’s $10 million contribution for 2007.

According to the press release, the Government of Québec’s additional contribution includes, among other things, $400,000 in financial support for the IOF’s new programs to support cultural policies and industries in the southern hemisphere in accordance with the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity, with Québec being “one of its most ardent promoters.”