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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today spoke with Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of La Francophonie.
The Minister and the Secretary General discussed Canada’s priorities within La Francophonie, including the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic within member states, the promotion of human rights and gender equality, and the advancement and protection of the French language internationally. The Minister has highlighted the productive collaboration between Canada and the Organisation international de la Francophonie (OIF) which will help drive the development of digital content from across the francophone world, including from Canadian creators, through the TV5MONDEplus platform.
The Minister welcomed the important measures taken by the Secretary General to modernize the OIF and reiterated Canada’s support for strategic efforts to improve its efficiency, management and transparency.
Minister Garneau welcomed the nomination of the new OIF administrator, Canadian Geoffroi Montpetit, who will work to advance the priorities of La Francophonie. The Minister and the Secretary General concluded on the importance of meeting in November for the XVIII Francophonie Summit in Djerba, Tunisia.
Canada is contributing $14.6 million over 5 years to the TV5MONDEplus platform, which promotes French in nearly 200 countries.
In 1970, Canada was a founding member of the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique [cultural and technical cooperation agency], which became La Francophonie in 2005. With the support of provincial governments and partners, Canada was one of the first countries to promote La Francophonie and supported the creation of its institutions.
French is the fifth-most-spoken language in the world and the fourth-most-used language on the Internet. An official language of 32 states and governments and most international organizations, French is the language of instruction for more than 80 million people and a foreign language learned by more than 50 million.