The XIII summit of La Francophonie will take place from 22 to 24 October, in Montreux, Switzerland. IUCN will be actively participating supporting a round table debate on “Biodiversity, cultural diversity and La Francophonie”, as well as running a stand in the Francophonie Village showcasing IUCN’s work on the management of marine and coastal areas in Central and Western Africa.
The IUCN delegation will be led by Dr. Bertrand de Montmollin, Chairman of the IUCN Swiss National Committee and, in addition to members of the IUCN Secretariat, will also include Mr. Mamadou Diallo, Chairman of IUCN Member Association sénégalaise des amis de la nature (Senegalese association for friends of nature), and Chairman of the newly formed Committee for Central and West Africa *.
Additional news and the outcomes of the summit will be posted in the coming weeks on the IUCN website. For more information on the event itself, please see: http://www.francophoniemontreux2010.ch/front/home
La Francophonie is an international organization of 70 member states and governments (56 members and 14 observers) with French as the mother or customary language, where in a significant proportion of people are francophones (French speakers) or where there is a notable affiliation with the French language or culture.
* Previously there were two separate committees for West and Central Africa. Following their move to unite as one, the Committee is awaiting formal recognition from the IUCN Council. Read more here.