Francophones celebrate cultural identity

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Francophones from the five continents on Monday began celebrating the French language that unites 170 million speakers throughout the world, but also 710 million inhabitants of 63 States and governments in membership of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF).
The 20 March date was set in commemoration of the signing, in Niamey (Niger), in 1970 of the treaty creating the Cultural and Technical Co-operation Agency (ACCT), which has become the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF).
The date is an opportunity for various events in member countries throughout March.
In his message on the occasion of the commemoration, the Secretary general of the IOF, Abdou Diouf called on all Francophones to unite in "fighting for the ratification of the Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions".
It's for that reason that the Francophone Organisation makes the celebration of the Centenary of the birth of Leopold Sedar Senghor the high point of the 20 March events, "to hail the victorious period of the man who incarnates most in Francophonie, that contribution to the history of mankind," Diouf noted.
"The protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions remain an essential dimension of the thought of the tireless advocate for cultural dialogue.
Pioneer and builder, he taught us with perceptiveness that culture is at the beginning and end of development," he said of Senghor.
The adoption by UNESCO of that convention means "a decisive stage in the life of peoples eager for equal justice and peace as being a significant step in the expression of all people's identities to finally give culture the place it deserves in progress and development.

20 mars 2006 21:28:00

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