Against the global backdrop of threats to liberal democracy and questions over the relevancy of multilateralism, a topical panel discussion was convened at the ANU as part of Francophonie Week.
The week celebrates the French language – of which there are over 300 million speakers – and Francophone culture. Ambassadors for the French-speaking countries of France, Morocco and Canada, along with a representative from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), discussed the subject: Can l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie be a tool for multilateralism?
Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), or the International Organisation of La Francophonie, turns 50 next year and comprises 88 members states and governments. His Excellency Mr Christophe Penot, the Ambassador of France to Australia, described the OIF as an independent political organisation – but not an organisation that produces norms or standards.
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