Québec's minister of International Relations Monique Gagnon-Tremblay made public last May 24 the Québec New International Policy. This New International Policy which marks a turning point in the way the Québec Government intends to conduct its international action, is focused around five major objectives: strengthening the State of Québec's capacity for action and influence; fostering Québec's growth and prosperity; contributing to the Québec and the North American continent security; promoting the Québec identity and culture; contributing to the cause of international solidarity.
The implementation of the Government Action Plan which comes with this policy aims notably to support the ratification and the Implementing the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions . In this spirit, the Minister declared, the first mandate of the Québec Representative in the Canadian Delegation at UNESCO will be to promote ratification of this Convention by the largest possible number of States.
The new measures implemented within the framework of the Québec New International Policy put into effect the Principle of international solidarity and cooperation and the Principle of openness and balance inserted in the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions that Quebec approved on last 10 November. To this purpose, these new measures « will authorize a greater flow of organizations and enterprises abroad. This willingness to be more present abroad involves as a corollary the capacity to receive in Québec the artistic expression from other countries and cultures. Thus, the Québec Government intends to facilitate the reception and movement in Québec of foreign artists and cultural bodies ».
In this respect , Minister Gagnon-Tremblay reminds that « one of the objectives of the Québec's International Policy has to do with solidarity ». In the Minister's view, even though Québec does not stand among the major international financial backers, it nevertheless contributes directly to the cause of solidarity conducted by the Francophonie Authorities and intervenes with several less fortunate countries. "This practice is the direct consequence of the Québec role on the international scene", Minister Gagnon-Tremblay declares.
Therefore, the Québec Government intends to « call on Québec's public expertise in cultural matters and in biological diversity. The aim pursued is to support the development of culture industries in developing countries of instruments and mechanisms allowing to preserve biological diversity. It will thus be in accordance with the international commitments taken when joining the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the Convention on Biological Diversity », stresses the minister.
La nouvelle Politique internationale du Québec (Source in French only):