The official website of the Interparliamentary Conference on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CIDEC 2011) is now online. The event will be held in Québec City, Canada, February 2–3, 2011.
“Organized by the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) in collaboration with the National Assembly of Québec, the conference aims to take stock of the implementation of the Convention and initiate discussions towards a strategy to mobilize and support cultural sectors in French-speaking countries,” states Yvon Vallières, President of the National Assembly of Québec and President of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie.
According to French Senator and APF Secretary General Jacques Legendre, “This meeting will be an excellent opportunity for the parliamentarians of La Francophonie, allowing them to fully adapt the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions to their respective regions. It will also be an opportunity to forge strong ties with other parliamentarians and artisans working in the cultural sector in order to breathe new life into the Convention.”
With regard to CIDEC 2011, we also wish to draw attention to a speech by Mr. Vallières at the 36th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie held in Dakar July 6–8. In his speech, Vallières reiterated his commitment to “make the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions a priority” of the organization. The speech is available on the APF website.