Canada/Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable: inspiring change to build a sustainable Francophonie
The mission of the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD) is to develop cooperation for the energy transition, the environment and sustainable development. It inspires change to initiate and build a sustainable Francophonie for all.
At the time, there was very little information in French on how to respond to energy crises.In 1988, the IFDD was born of the desire of French-speaking heads of state and government to take concerted action to address these issues. In 1996, this action was extended to the environment. Then, in 2013, following the Rio+20 Conference, it took the name of Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD). Today, the mandate of the subsidiary body of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), whose IFDD headquarters are in Quebec City, has expanded: To be the reference for the Francophonie in all aspects of sustainable development.
Important projects, here and elsewhere
When asked about the projects in which the IFDD is involved, the director, Cécile Martin-Phipps, explains that they are varied and that they all fall within the three fields of activity of the IFDD.When asked about the projects in which the IFDD is involved, Cécile Martin-Phipps, Director of the IFDD, explained that they are varied and that they are all part of the three fields of international stakes that guide the organization, namely energy, the environment and sustainable development.
"We are a unique platform for dialogue between 88 countries from the North, South, East and West, who share a common language and values. Our members do not all have the same level of information on sustainable development issues. We therefore facilitate the exchange between all of them so that the Francophonie can benefit from the unique knowledge and expertise of each," she explains.
Thanks, among other things, to massive training sessions, online or face-to-face seminars and support in various international negotiations and strategic planning, the IFDD is taking concrete action in Quebec and in many other countries of the Francophonie.
The NEXUS project, launched last December, is another example raised by Ms. Martin-Phipps. Through the implementation and popularization of integrated approaches, focused on positive synergies between agriculture, climate, water, energy and biodiversity, it supports innovative regional approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation.It supports innovative regional approaches to adaptation and resilience to climate change.
Actions we can all take on a daily basis
"At home, we notice a lot of food waste every day. By cooking food differently and not buying more than we need, we can help reduce this waste. For an office company, computer equipment represents 21% of the electricity consumption. Even if they are all indispensable to us, let's learn to keep control, because 75% of the consumption of this equipment takes place during periods of inactivity...
Since each of us has the power to take action in the service of the energy transition and sustainable development, the director of the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable reminds us that it is together that we can contribute individually and collectively to a more sustainable and responsible future.