Ms. Jean is the first woman to fill this role and was chosen by consensus at the summit of French-speaking nations in Dakar, Senegal. The organization has 57 members or associate members, while another 23 jurisdictions have observer status.
MI President Joel Spicer, who participated in the Summit as part of the official Canadian delegation along with members of the CAN-MNCH Steering Group, welcomed the appointment.
“This is excellent news for Canada, for the Francophonie and for women and children,” Spicer said. “Despite remarkable leadership and progress in many Francophonie countries, mothers and children, especially in West Africa, experience some of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world. Ms. Jean’s track record as a leader, a champion and an advocate for social and economic progress is a very positive sign for those who support advances in these areas.”
Resolution regarding the health of mothers, newborns and children
Ms. Jean’s election was a reason to celebrate at the end of a meaningful Summit in which a resolution was also passed calling for action on nutrition.
At the Summit, 57 Heads of State endorsed a Resolution highlighting the need for action to improve and support the health of mothers, newborns and children across la Francophonie.
The Resolution stressed the importance of scaling up the fight against malnutrition and highlighted MI as the type of organization leading the way in that fight.
Read the Resolution in French.
Read the English translation of the Resolution.