Francophonie is an international organisation representing countries and regions where French is a national, official, working or the language of international communication. Francophonie comprises 53 full member countries and 13 observers, one of which is Serbia. This important international organisation supports activities founded on the French language and culture built upon this language, of which the academic activities make an important segment. Its motto is Equality, Complementarity and Solidarity, reflecting the desire of the member countries and regions to cooperate on equal grounds in common, shared, cultural and linguistic framework developed equally by all.
The significance of this organisation is supreme in the field of work on culture and linguistics development in the age of globalism when the need for preservation of cultural and linguistic special features is more prominent than ever. The Francophonie International Organisation is an observer at the UN Security Council sessions. Francophonie Summits are held biannually, when the leaders of member countries have the opportunity to meet and develop the Organisation’s strategies and objectives.
The issue of commemorative postal stamp Francophonie marks the 60th anniversary of the day when the Association of Francophone Universities (Agence universitaire de la Francophonie - AUF), an organisation of academic cooperation within the French-speaking area was founded in Montreal. This international organisation gives significant contribution to the development of academic environment in Serbia, and the issue of the commemorative postal stamp marks its significance for the development of Francophonie and the relationship between Serbia and francophone countries, especially in the field of academia. The equal and intensive cooperation of academic communities in Serbia and France and other francophone countries worldwide, within the broader topic of development of general francophone cooperation in which the Republic of Serbia takes active part, is of a crucial importance for the development of economy, science, culture and society in Serbia, as well as for making more comprehensive Serbia’s contribution to global development trends.
Expert collaboration: University Library “Svetozar Marković“
Artistic realization of the issue: MA Anamari Banjac, academic painter