On November 29, 2012, President Jacques Chirac celebrated his eightieth birthday. The permanent staff of his Fondation wanted to wish him a happy birthday and take a moment to recall the force of his international commitments, furthered through the Fondation Chirac's programs. Here is their letter.
The Fondation Chirac
On Thursday, June 14, 2012, President Ely Ould Mohamed Vall visited the Fondation, before meeting with President Jacques Chirac the following day to discuss developments in West Africa after the crisis in the North Mali.
Youssou N'Dour, a member of the Fondation Chirac's Honorary Committee and a politically active artist, was appointed Minister of Culture and Tourism in Senegal's new government, formed on April 4 .
The Fondation Chirac's major events: the fight for access to water and sanitation brought to the World Water Forum in Marseilles, through a conference with well-known figures, "Solidarity for Water in the Niger Basin: practical commitments for real solutions"; the fight against falsified medicines and access to quality healthcare; and the Fondation's other commitments.
The philosopher Edgar Morin has prefaced Mohammed Arkoun's book of interviews with Rachid Benzine and Jean-Louis Schlegel, entitled Mohammed Arkoun & La construction humaine de l’islam (Albin Michel - itinéraires du savoir. February 2012). In his preface, Edgar Morin present the scope of Mohammed Arkoun's work, an tireless conveyor of culture, a bridge between cultures, a scholar, an erudite, an activist.
The O.S.E.R. L'Afrique group is made up of young students and established professionals from several African countries. On July 15, 2010, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of independence of 17 African countries, the Group had already brought together many Africans for forum for Youths for Africa
All of them are tireless workers in the cause of peace, dialog and development. They have all played an eminent role in their respective countries or at the head of international organizations. Together they represent the diversity of experience and cultures that can give balance to the world.
Through its programs, the Fondation Chirac furthers the humanist principles that have always guided President Jacques Chirac's foreign policy choices: respect for the Law, pursuit of Peace, sustainable Development, Solidarity with the weakest amidst globalization, Cultural Diversity, access for all to basic Human Rights.
The United Nations is preparing a new World Summit on Sustainable Development: Rio+20 from June 4 to 6, 2012, in Brazil. Discussion forums, photo contest, Facebook, Twitter, and a dedicated website will help mobilize throughout the upcoming year. Support the initiative by spreading the word!
On Saturday, July 9, 2011 a new state will be born in East Africa. Sudan has endured two civil wars in 50 years (1955-1972 and 1983-2005), resulting in massive displacement of populations towards Khartoum.