Since world issues know no borders, the Government of Québec has mandated emissaries to promote its priorities and the strategic directions of Québec’s International Policy.
Three emissaries will help promote Québec’s positions and advance its interests in the following policy areas:
This theme-based approach will enhance Québec’s presence and influence on the world stage. The nomination of emissaries is part of the initiatives undertaken by the Ministry and the official foreign representations of Québec as well as those of various government departments and agencies.
Emissary for climate change and northern and Arctic affairs
The emissary for climate change and northern and Arctic affairs has a general mandate to broaden Québec’s international commitment in the fields of northern and Arctic affairs and the fight against climate change, two government priorities set out in Québec’s International Policy.
Jean Lemire is a biologist and renowned international scientific communicator. His appointment as emissary for climate change and northern and Arctic affairs testifies to Québec’s strong commitment to contribute to international efforts and seek sustainable solutions by leveraging Québec expertise in these two fields.
“I agreed to become the emissary for climate change and northern and Arctic affairs because these are challenges that face all of humanity and that call for the commitment of all, and because Québec has a singular service to perform from a standpoint of solidarity. I bring my experience, my commitment to the planet and my determination to this task.”- Jean Lemire
Jean Lemire has been sailing the world’s oceans for over 15 years to raise public awareness of important environmental issues. His work on climate change and biodiversity has led to major scientific missions, including a three-year world tour to study the status of world biodiversity in collaboration with the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
His expertise and commitment will bolster Québec’s undeniable leadership on the international stage in northern and Arctic affairs and in the fight against climate change.
He will notably be tasked with establishing new international partnerships with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and putting carbon pricing mechanisms in place. Mr. Lemire will also help implement international climate cooperation measures that will support the most vulnerable French-speaking countries.
Mr. Lemire will continue to ensure that Québec is a credible actor in international discussions on Arctic issues by creating or reinforcing ties with governmental and non-governmental actors in the northern and Arctic regions and by actively participating in the main international forums dedicated to northern and Arctic issues. He will also be tasked with promoting Québec’s expertise in sustainable northern development, facilitating joint international initiatives and encouraging the sharing of best practices in this area.
Emissary for human rights and freedoms
The emissary for human rights and freedoms has a mandate to extend the Government of Québec’s international actions in matters of human rights and to position it as a committed actor with regard to gender equality and the protection and promotion of the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.
Julie Miville-Dechêne has a deep understanding of the issues surrounding gender equality and women’s rights. Her appointment as envoy for human rights and freedoms demonstrates the Government of Québec’s commitment to protecting these rights.
« It is with humility and enthusiasm that I embark on this mandate as envoy for human rights and freedoms. Québec is a pioneer in the rights of women and LGBT people. My role is to participate in the efforts to strengthen universal adherence to the defence of these rights, which are so dear to Quebec. »- Julie Miville-Dechêne
Before her appointment as envoy, Julie Miville-Dechêne had been serving as the Government of Québec’s representative within the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO since August 22, 2016. She was also chair of the Conseil du statut de la femme for five years (2011-2016). In this capacity, she advised the government and drafted and contributed to numerous research reports on gender equality issues such as prostitution, “honour-related” violence and surrogate mothers. Prior to chairing the Conseil du statut de la femme, Ms. Miville-Dechêne was a journalist at Radio-Canada, Canada’s national public broadcaster, for more than 25 years. Her media career ended in 2007 when she was appointed ombudsman of the state-owned corporation, becoming the first woman to hold this prestigious position.
As envoy, Ms. Miville-Dechêne will seek, among other tasks, to facilitate the exchange of human rights expertise and best practices. She will also support the Québec Government’s offices abroad in implementing innovative initiatives to promote the advancement of human rights on the international stage.
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Emissary for international mobility and the recognition of professional qualifications
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To reach the emissaries
Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie
380, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3X7
Phone : 514 873-6708