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Journées du réseau français dans le monde 2010 in Paris

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July 19, 2010

Governor General to Speak at the Journées du réseau français dans le monde 2010 in Paris

OTTAWA—At the invitation of the French Republic’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will attend the official opening of the Journées du réseau français dans le monde 2010. 

The event, which celebrates France’s network abroad and welcomes a very large audience every year, will take place at the Palais des Congrès de la Porte Maillot, in Paris, on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. (local time). 

The Governor General will speak and take part, at 9:30 a.m., in the first session, entitled, “Haïti se relève.” 

Her speech will focus on the necessity of continuing to show unwavering solidarity with the people of Haiti through coordinated, targeted, precise and responsible actions. 

“It is time we put an end to the kinds of assistance that have transformed Haiti into a vast laboratory to test aid experiments, trials and errors,” said Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean. “We must support and encourage the Haitian people’s willingness and efforts to help their country pick itself up. We must succeed and demonstrate what we can accomplish when we all decide to work together.” 

The Governor General is focusing on three themes: the urgent need to help build and improve the educational network in Haiti; the importance of using the strength and creativity of Haitian civil society and of getting young people involved in reconstruction efforts; and the need to strengthen local capacities, governance and national institutions. 

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