The Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs celebrates Francophonie Week

The Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs celebrates Francophonie Week

Reference Number: 05072021, Press Release Issue Date: Jul 05, 2021
 
The Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, together with diplomatic representations of the members, associates and observers of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) based in Malta, celebrated Francophonie Week, which took place from 29th June to 10th July.

The International Organization of La Francophonie was created in 1970 and has 88 member states and governments (54 members, 27 observers and 7 associates). Its main missions are to 1) promote the French language and cultural and linguistic diversity; 2) promote peace, democracy and human rights; 3) support education, training, higher education and research; and 4) promote cooperation in sustainable development.

Since Malta joined the IOF as an observer in 2018, it has confirmed that its principles align with those of the organization on behalf of peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights and multilateralism to further the major issues of the global agenda.

Malta's participation in the IOF-a forum for over 900 million people in an area covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, America and the Caribbean-helps strengthen its international role.

Several events showcasing the IOF's richness and diversity were organised by the Ministry, as well as by the diplomatic representations of the members, associates and observers of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) based in Malta. The events included film cycles, a debate on Women in Cinema, a dinner hosted by the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs at MUZA, as well as a Fete Gastronomique et de Musique organised by the Embassies of France, Greece, Tunisia and Egypt. The programme of events can be seen here: View Leaflet​.

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