Assemblée des francophones fonctionnaires des organisations internationales

The Assemblée des francophones fonctionnaires des organisations internationales (AFFOI), French for the Assembly of French speaking international civil servants, is a global network of French-speaking international civil servants.

The Assembly was founded in The Hague in 2007 by representatives of the United Nations (UN),[1] the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the European Space Agency (ESA), Europol and Eurojust, it is now represented in 57 international organisations.

The objective of the AFFOI is to defend linguistic, cultural and conceptual diversity within in the functioning of international organisations.[2]

The AFFOI has offices in cities with high density of international organisations -The Hague, New York City, Washington, Geneva, Luxembourg, Brussels, Addis Ababa. Its headquarters are located in The Hague, Netherlands.

Assemblée des francophones fonctionnaires des organisations internationales
AFFOI
Formation21 March 2007
PurposeGlobal network of French-speaking international civil servants
HeadquartersNetherlands Rijswijk
Official language
French
President
France Dominique Hoppe (since 2007)
Websitehttp://www.affoi.org

History

The Convention which created the Assembly of French speaking international civil servants was signed on March 21, 2007 by Judge Bruno Cotte from the ICC, Judge Ronny Abraham from the ICJ, Patrice Palanque, Director at OIAC, Dominique Hoppe, President of AFIF-PB, Michel Quillé, Director of Europol, Gérard Loubens, General Prosecutor at Eurojust, and Jean Jacques Dordain, General Secretary of ESA.

Between 2007 and 2010, the Assembly progressively extended to almost all international organisations implemented in Europe.

Beginning 2011 the AFFOI has published its manifesto,[3] and created the "AFFOI for the youth".[4] a special unit that supports French speaking new graduates who want to work for an international organisation. In February 2011, the AFFOI became the fifth official operator of francophonie.[5] next to TV5 MONDE, Université Senghor, the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie and the Association internationale des maires francophones. It is also the representative of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF),[6] for all matters related to international organisations.[7]

Worldwide

References

  1. ^ "Conference at United Nations"..
  2. ^ "La voix de la diversité"..
  3. ^ "Manifesto"..
  4. ^ "Conference on diversity"..
  5. ^ "AFFOI opérator of Francophonie"..
  6. ^ "Interview Dominique hoppe by APF"..
  7. ^ "Roles of Ambassadors next to the AFFOI" (PDF)..

External links

Dominique Hoppe

Dominique Hoppe (born 1959) is the current President of the Assemblée des francophones fonctionnaires des organisations internationales (AFFOI) .Prior to his appointment to the AFFOI, Hoppe was Administrator at the European Patent Office, President of the AFIF-PB and President of the Superior Council of the international civil servants in the Netherlands.

In December 2011 he was elected - together with Abdou Diouf – francophone of the year in the framework the world forum of the French language.In 2014 he received the Gusi Peace Prize - considered as the equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize in Asia - for Peacebuilding thru development of political & diplomatic networks & activities supporting human rights & fundamental freedoms.

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), generally known as the Francophonie (French: La Francophonie [la fʁɑ̃kɔfɔni]), but also called International Organisation of the Francophonie in English language context, is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is a lingua franca or customary language, where a significant proportion of the population are francophones (French speakers), or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture.

The organization comprises 88 member states and governments; of these 54 states and governments are full members, 7 are associate members and 27 are observers. The term francophonie (with a lowercase "f"), or francosphere (often capitalized in English) also refers to the global community of French-speaking peoples, comprising a network of private and public organizations promoting equal ties among countries where French people or France played a significant historical role, culturally, militarily, or politically.

French geographer Onésime Reclus, brother of Élisée Reclus, coined the word Francophonie in 1880 to refer to the community of people and countries using the French language. Francophonie was then coined a second time by Léopold Sédar Senghor, founder of the Négritude movement, in the review Esprit in 1962, who assimilated it into Humanism.The modern organisation was created in 1970. Its motto is égalité, complémentarité, solidarité ("equality, complementarity, and solidarity"), a deliberate allusion to France's motto liberté, égalité, fraternité. Starting as a small club of northern French-speaking countries, the Francophonie has since evolved into a global organization whose numerous branches cooperate with its member states in the fields of culture, science, economy, justice, and peace.

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