Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
de la Francophonie
Map showing the
• Conference of
|20 March 1970|
• Conference of
|14–16 November 1997|
(as La Francophonie)
|28,223,185 km2 (10,897,033 sq mi)|
• 2013 estimate
|~ 1 billion|
|34.36/km2 (89.0/sq mi)|
|Part of |
The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), sometimes shortened to the Francophonie (
The organization comprises 88 member states and governments; of these, 54 states and governments are full members, 7 are associate members and 27 are observers. The term francophonie (with a lowercase "f"), or francosphere (often capitalized in English), also refers to the global community of French-speaking peoples, comprising a network of private and public organizations promoting equal ties among countries where French people or France played a significant historical role, culturally, militarily, or politically.
The modern organisation was created in 1970. Its
Based on the sharing of the French language, the missions of this new intergovernmental organization are the promotion of the cultures of its members and the intensification of the cultural and technical cooperation between them, as well as the solidarity and the connection between them through dialogue.
The Francophonie project ceaselessly evolved since the creation of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Co-operation, it became the intergovernmental Agency of the Francophonie (Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie) in 1998 to remind its intergovernmental status. Finally in 2005, the adoption of a new Charter of the Francophonie (la Charte de la Francophonie) gives the name to the Agency of international Organisation of the Francophonie (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie).