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PM to attend Francophonie Summit in Senegal

Ottawa, Ontario – 25 November 2014

Introduction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will lead a Canadian delegation to Dakar, Senegal, from November 28 to 30, 2014, to participate in the 15th Francophonie Summit. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, and Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The theme of this year’s Summit is “Women and Youth: Vectors of Peace and Actors in Development.” Participants will work on adopting an eight-year strategic plan and a four-year program of activities to deal with the social, economic and political challenges particularly facing women and youth in Francophonie countries. The Summit will also adopt the first economic strategy for La Francophonie as well as a youth strategy. Prime Minister Harper will deliver remarks at the opening ceremony of the Summit, and will work to help ensure that maternal, newborn and child health remains at the forefront of discussions relating to women and young people.

Leaders will also address a number of pressing international issues, including the global threat of Ebola and the situation in member countries facing crisis situations. They will also select a new Secretary General for the organization.

Quick facts

  • The 15th Francophonie Summit is taking place in Senegal, an important partner for Canada in Africa and in multilateral institutions such as La Francophonie and the United Nations. The two countries work closely together in the areas of development, trade, and the promotion of democracy, human rights and regional peace and stability.
  • This will be the Prime Minister’s second visit to Senegal.
  • The Prime Minister attended the four previous Francophonie Summits.
  • Canada is the second-largest contributor to La Francophonie.
  • Maternal, newborn and child health is Canada’s top development priority. Our continued global leadership, beginning with the 2010 Muskoka Initiative of world leaders and reconfirmed at the 2014 Saving Every Woman, Every Child Summit in Toronto, is ensuring that this important issue remains at the forefront of the world’s attention.
  • Canada is taking a whole-of-government approach to fight the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa that includes financial, technical and in-kind contributions. To date, Canada has committed $92.5 million to efforts to support the health, humanitarian and security interventions deployed to address the spread of the disease.

Quote

“Canada is extraordinarily proud of its vibrant French-language culture and heritage. I look forward to working with other leaders at the Summit in Dakar on promoting the health and well-being of people living in La Francophonie as well as the common language we share. I also look forward to raising maternal, newborn and child health in our discussions on women and young people.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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