The 15th Francophonie summit will bring the heads of state and government of the 77-member state organization to Dakar on 29-30 Nov 2014 to apply themselves to the issues of "Women and Youth: Actors of peace and development."
The organization foresees more Arab Spring-type uprising if developing Francophone countries don't begin attracting investment and creating jobs; 60 per cent of French speakers are under 30, according to the organization.
The choice of Senegal, one of West Africa's most stable democracies to host the biannual summit honors the host as an exemplar for other Francophonie emerging democracies. The Economist noted after the 2012 summit in Congo, a country with a dubious democracy and human rights record, that "good governance" would be a "litmus test" for future summit hosts. Former Senegalese president Abdou Diouf appears ready to retire as the organization's Secretary-General, raising the issue of who will replace him. If he retires, there is likely to be an election at the summit for his successor.
Francophonie nations represent over one-third of the United Nations' member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers.
Date written/update: 2014-04-05