Didier Reynders on the International Francophonie Day

date: 19 March 2014

On the occasion of the International Francophonie Day on 20 March, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders reminds us of the values that are promoted by Francophonie: democracy, human rights, peace and solidarity.

In this context, Minister Reynders commends the determined efforts of the Secretary General of Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, former President of Senegal, who has worked tirelessly since 2003 for peace, democracy and human rights in the member states of Francophonie that are currently or were previously in a crisis situation – such as the Central African Republic, Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau and Mali.

Didier Reynders equally welcomes the work of the President of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) that has been undertaken by the Democratic Republic of Congo since the summit in Kinshasa in October 2012.

Didier Reynders is looking forward to the fifteenth summit for Francophonie taking place in Dakar on 29 and 30 November. This summit will address the theme, “Women and Youth in Francophonie: Makers of Peace and Drivers of Development”.

Furthermore, Didier Reynders appeals to all the member states of the OIF to ratify the Facultative Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child concerning children in armed conflicts. This protocol particularly targets the recruitment of child soldiers.

Finally, Belgium systematically supports the resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations regarding multilingualism, which remains essential to the promotion and protection of cultural diversity in international organisations.