15th Summit of La Francophonie - Dakar (Senegal), November 29th and 30th [fr]
The 15th summit of La Francophonie was held on 29 and 30 November 2014, in Dakar.
The summit brought together for two days eighty states and governments of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) – either as full members like Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia, or as observer members like United Arab Emirates, or associates as Qatar. This year, three new members were welcomed as observers within the organization: Mexico, Costa Rica and Kosovo.
Overall, more than 890 million people are integrated into the space of the IOF. They share the French language, but also a set of values that the General Secretary should strive to advocate, such as cultural diversity, peace, democratic governance, strengthening the rule of law, protection of environment.
At the end of the summit, it is the Canadian Haitian Michaëlle Jean, former General Governor of Canada from 2005 to 2010, which has been designated by consensus to become the first woman to hold this position. Carrying a "modern and forward looking Francophonie ", she must strive to meet the new challenges of a francophone community that tends to expand and to become more complex. If we consider French people "able to speak French," it is estimated that their number is expected to rise from 274 million today to 715 million in 2050. The French language must evolve with other languages including English to assert its identity and specificity in a multilingual world.
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