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Greece became a full member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) at the 11th OIF Summit Meeting (Bucharest, 28-29 November 2006). Previously, Greece had been an associate member since 2004. At the 37th meeting of the OIF Parliamentary Assembly (Congo, 6-8 July 2011), Greece joined the OIF Parliamentary Assembly as a full member, hosting, in Athens, the March 2012 meeting of the Steering Committee of the Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OIF (Comité Directeur du Réseau des femmes parlementaires de l’Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie).
Greece’s decision to join La Francophonie was dictated by the prospect of participation in a significant forum based on a common language (French) and an area of common principles and solidarity, the main aims of which are to promote democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights, to consolidate peace and security, and to protect cultural heritage and linguistic diversity. It is on the preservation of these principles that the survival of nations and their cultures is more or less dependent. Greece contributes actively and on a practical level to the promotion of the goals of Francophonie. Finally, the local cooperation of representatives of OIF member states in various parts of the world – cooperation in which Greek diplomatic missions always take part actively and constructively – is deemed very useful.
On 29 and 30 November 2014, the 15th meeting of OIF Heads of State and Government took place in Dakar, Senegal, and saw the election, with Greece’s support, of the first woman Secretary General of the Organisation, Michaelle Jean.
The OIF continues to grow and currently counts 58 member states, 3 affiliated states, and 20 observer states throughout the world.
Useful link: http://www.francophonie.org