The 20th of March 2010 was the 40th anniversary of the International Francophonie Day. This date was chosen to commemorate the signature of the treaty which created the Technical and Cultural Cooperation Agency (ACCT) at Niamey (Nigeria) in 1970. The ACCT was an intergovernmental organisation founded on the sharing of French as a common language and has been responsible for the promotion and distribution of the cultures of its members and to intensify technical and cultural cooperation between them.
The Francophonie project has constantly evolved and in 2005, acquired a political dimension with the transformation of the ACCT into the International Francophonie Organisation (IOF), which is currently presided by Mr Abdou Diouf, former president of the Republic of Senegal and groups together 70 countries (members and observers) and their 830 million inhabitants. Today, there are close to 200 million people who speak French in the world. This year, the anniversary comes under the “Diversity in support of peace” banner and of solidarity with Haiti. A program of cultural events will be held throughout the year in all Francophone countries up until the 13th Francophonie Summit in Montreux (Switzerland) in October 2010.
To celebrate the international Francophonie week in Australia, diplomatic missions in Canberra of the member states of the International Francophonie Organisation organised a Francophonie flag raising ceremony at Commonwealth Place (Canberra) on Thursday 25 March 2010.
Flag raising by students of Telopea Park School
Representatives from diplomatic missions
Mr John Hargreaves, member for Brindabella and former ACT minister for Multicultural Affairs
The main Alliance françaises in Australia support the Francophonie Day by organising francophone events in their respective cities with the French Film Festival, concerts, cultural and sporting events and official ceremonies. To find out more visit www.alliancefrancaise.com.au
Schools in which French is taught, in particular Teleopea Park French Australian School are also taking part of the Francophonie celebration.
To find out more :
SBS Messages of the Francophone Ambassadors and High Commissioners in Australia : HE Daniel Woker, Swiss Ambassador ; HE Marie-France Roussety, Mauritian High Commissioner ; HE Michel Filhol, French Ambassador ; HE David Mc Kinnon, Deputy Canadian High Commissioner and HE Patrick Renault, Belgian Ambassador.
International Francophonie Day
Organisation internationale de la Francophonie