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Adoption of a new declaration at the XVI Sommet de la Francophonie

The XVI Sommet de la Francophonie was held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on November 26 and 27, 2016. At the summit, the Antananarivo Declaration with the theme ?Shared growth and responsible development: conditions for stability around the world and within La Francophonie? was adopted. In this document, the heads of state and member governments of La Francophonie reaffirmed their desire to implement the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the digital age. They plan, among other things, to promote new forms of financing for cultural and creative industries through new technologies and to recognize and showcase creators? work.

They also emphasized the role of culture in societies? sustainable development by stating, ?Conscious that culture is a vehicle for social cohesion and dialogue, as well as a catalyst of creativity, innovation, and economic development, we reiterate our desire to integrate a cultural dimension in our development policies.?

The full Antananarivo Declaration is available on the International Organisation of La Francophonie website (French only).