50th anniversary of the International Organization of La Francophonie [fr]
The number of French language speakers is estimated to reach between 500 and 800 million by 2070.
La Francophonie was made official on March 20, 1970 in Niamey, Niger following the signature of an agreement that led to the creation of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation. The agreement was signed by 21 states and governments who shared the French language.
In 2005, the Agency became the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), built on a new, more modern project which included new areas of cooperation and a larger network of partners. The OIF defines itself as a model of diversity and a key institution in multilateral collaboration.
Today, 88 states and governments are part of the organization: 54 permanent members, 7 associated members, and 27 observers. The state of Louisiana has been a member since 2018. Its application was approved officially during the Francophonie Summit in Erevan, Armenia.
Originally focused on promoting French language, cultural diversity and education, the International Organization of La Francophonie has added to its main goals: the promotion of peace, democracy, and human rights; the expansion of economic cooperation for sustainable development; and new technologies.
The number of French language speakers is estimated to reach between 500 and 800 million by 2070. The International Organization of La Francophonie views this trend as both a great hope and a great challenge.
To discover the current and upcoming actions of the International Organization of La Francophonie as well as the various events held across the world to celebrate its 50th anniversary, visit the organization’s official website: www.francophonie.org.