March 20 is the International Day of La Francophonie

March 17, 2021

On March 20 the International Day of La Francophonie is celebrated around the world, commemorating the signing of the Niamey Convention which took place on March 20, 1970. The convention gave rise to the Cultural and Technical Cooperation Agency which was the precursor to the modern International Organisation of La Francophonie.

On this day we celebrate the French language and Canada's rich French heritage and culture. We are also reminded to embrace the core values of peace, democracy and respect for human rights. This year, the theme is « Femmes francophones, Femmes résilientes ». To learn more about this theme and to access resources, please click here.

L’Organisation international de la francophonie has an interactive map of International Day of La Francophonie virtual events happening worldwide, including Canada. Click here to learn more about the virtual events happening.

Learn More

Visit the official website of L’Organisation international de la francophonie to learn more about ongoing research and initiatives.

ONA is committed to being an inclusive and equitable organization that recognizes membership diversity. Visit our Human Rights & Equity webpage to learn about the work being done by our Human Rights & Equity Team.

Watch ONA's "Human Rights and Equity Caucus" video and learn more about the role we play in promoting equity and diversity for our members in the workplace and in the Union.

Visit the French section of the ONA webpage for translated versions of key documents including the updated 2018 ONA Constitution.

Learn more about Canada’s activities and role as a member of La Francophonie here.


L’Organisation international de la francophonie has prepared posters and social media shareables for you to share on your social media channels. Click here to access them.