Vietnam to support OIF cooperation for peace, stability and sustainable development

On November 4-5, in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, the 44th session of the Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie (CMF 44) the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) took place with the theme "Good governance: A guarantee of political, economic and cultural stability for Francophone citizens".
Delegates at CMF 44 (Photo: Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to UNESCO)
Delegates at CMF 44. (Photo: Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to UNESCO)

At the event, Vietnam, along with other countries, underlined the importance of multilateral cooperation within the framework of the OIF for peace, stability and sustainable development in the French-speaking community.

The event drew the presence of nearly 300 delegates representing around 70 delegations from 88 French-speaking member states and governments.

A Vietnamese delegation led by Ambassador to France and Representative of the State President to the OIF Dinh Toan Thang attended the session

In the context of coups recently occurring in a number of countries in the Sahel and Central Africa, increasing the risk of insecurity and social instability, the conference discussed the security and political situation as well as the breakdown of democracy in many African countries; emphasized support for OIF's role in supporting members to respond to challenges in governance, avoid political crises and prevent the spread of fake news.

The CMF 44 adopted 20 OIF cooperation programs for the period 2024-2027, focusing on culture-education, democracy and governance and sustainable development, with a special priority given to the interests of women and youths.

Centered on French as a common language, these programs provide sustainable solutions in many fields such as education, training, economic and trade exchange and cooperation to respond to climate change.

These are Vietnam's priorities in cooperation with the Francophone Community.

They also approved the Yaoundé Resolution which highlights the OIF’s commitments to its fundamental values, including peace, democracy, rule-of-law State, French language, linguistic and cultural diversity, sustainable development to eradicate poverty, protect the environment and respond to climate change; emphasizing the role of good governance in political stability, ensuring democracy, human rights, and economic development.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang attended the 44th Ministerial Conference of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). (Source: Vietnamese Delegation to UNESCO)
Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang attended the 44th Ministerial Conference of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). (Source: Vietnamese Delegation to UNESCO)

In his speech, Ambassador Thang affirmed Vietnam's support and high appreciation for the role of the OIF and the OIF Secretary-General in working with member countries to find solutions to current crises and challenges, particularly in addressing instability and poverty in Francophone African countries.

He also supported the collective effort to turn the French-speaking world into a space of peace and stability, promote democracy, security, human rights, and prosperity. He expressed backing for the continued implementation of the 2020-2025 Francophone Economic Cooperation Strategy, the 2022-2026 Francophone Digital Strategy, the "French language for women" initiative, and various areas of cooperation.

The diplomat also called on the OIF to continue paying attention to the situation in the East Sea.

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