Last modified: 2001-05-23 by ivan sache
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by Pierre Gay
The Francophonie is a worldwide organisation of independent nations, which originated in the 21 States and Governments which ratified the Niamey (Niger) Convention of 1970. Today, the Francophonie gathers 52 member States and Governments, out of which 3 have an observer status. Through the Francophonie organisation, the member States wish to promote worldwide solidarity, based on common ideals and on the use of a shared language, in respect of each country's cultural identity. There is no official link between the Francophonie and the former French Empire, which had virtually resumed through the short-lived Communauté. All countries are equal in the organisation, and France has not kept any official specific leading part. The Head of the Francophonie is its Secretary General, currently His Excellency Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
The members, on 1st January 1999, were:
Pierre Gay, 6 May 1999
by Ivan Sache
Blue flag with a representation of the Earth in white (a disc
including three parallels and three meridians).
Source: Album des Pavillons [pay00]
by Pierre Gay
Francophonie has various agencies. I have spotted this flag flying over the HQ building of the ACCT, quai de Javel, in Paris. The logo of the ACCT is different. ACCT stands for "Cultural and Technical Cooperation Agency".