Québec appoints UNESCO representative
Michel Audet to represent Québec within Canadian permanent Delegation to UNESCO
Québec City, December 19, 2006 - The Government of Québec has appointed Michel Audet to represent Québec within the Canadian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO. Audet will be Québec's first official representative to a United Nations agency.
A full professor at the social science faculty at Université Laval, he currently heads the Institut Technologies de l'information et Sociétés (ITIS), an institute devoted to producing and transferring expertise about the use of information technology in society. He is also the scientific director of the Centre francophone d'informatisation des organisations (CEFRIO).
Minister of International Relations Monique Gagnon-Tremblay has expressed her pleasure at the appointment, which will allow Québec to voice its views and contribute in a significant way to UNESCO proceedings. “Michel Audet has an impressive academic and professional background. He has worked in a variety of UNESCO focus areas, including education, culture and information technology. His expertise is recognized and sought after, not only in Québec and Canada, but in other countries. He is used to working in an international environment and has collaborated with various departments and agencies of the Québec and federal governments,” said the Minister.
As Québec's permanent representative within the Canadian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, Audet will concentrate in particular on aspects related to universal education, information society issues and the ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
Under an agreement signed in May by the governments of Canada and Québec, Québec's permanent representative will be able to participate directly, if the Government of Québec so wishes, in all UNESCO proceedings, meetings and conferences. He will be able to express Québec's views, and will take his instructions from the Ministère des Relations internationales in Québec City.
The historic Canada-Québec agreement recognizes that “the specificity of Québec (. . .) leads it to play a special role internationally” and, for the first time ever, assigns Québec an official role within a United Nations agency. It is a tangible response to four decades of demands.
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