Commonwealth of Castilophone Countries
|Commonwealth of Castilophone Countries|
| Alternate Name(s):|
Mancomunidad de países castilohablantes (MPC)
''unidad en patrimonio, diversidad en expresión''
|Cultural and political organization with Headquarters in Castellán|
|Number of Members||14|
|Secretary General|| Carlos Aguilar |
|Executive Director|| Ariadna Ercilla |
Commonwealth of Castilophone Countries (Castellanese Mancomunidad de países castilohablantes, MPC) is an intergovernmental organization for friendship, cooperation and integration among countries with Castellanese-speaking populations.
The MPC is a multilateral forum created to strengthen ties of culture and economy among its member states. It was founded in its modern form in 1936 at a meeting in TBD, originally around the focus of coordinating standards for orthography and lexicography for the Castellanese language.
History and Objectives
The organization has its roots in the fact of the extensive colonization by the Castellanese people of many countries and territories throughout the world.
Full membership is open to any country that grants the Castellanese language any kind of official status, whether to a minority or majority population.
The MPC's chief objectives are:
- Political and diplomatic cooperation between member states, especially in presenting a unified cultural face to the international sphere;
- Cooperation in areas such as education, health, sciences, agriculture, defense, public administration and safety, commerce, justice, sports, culture and media;
- Global dissemination and support for the Castellanese language
In 2004, during a meeting in Tárrases, the ministers of culture declared August 10 to be Castellanese Culture Day (Día de la Cultura Castellanesa).
The body maintains its headquarters and executive staff in Maguériz, Castellán, but the presidency of the organization along with the body's meeting location rotates among the full members, with a new country assuming the presidency every 3 years. In general, the minister of culture or local equivalent is considered each member government's representative to the organization, and the minister of culture of the country holding the presidency is titled the Secretary General of the organization.
Currently, the presidency is held by Castellán, only the second time that the "home" country has held the presidency since the organization's founding. Past presidencies are as follows.
|Host Country||Host City||Years|
|Ardisphere||Villa Constitución, DF||1939-1942|
|Costa de Oro||San Pedro de la Frontera||1993-1996|
|Costa de Oro||San Pedro de la Frontera||1999-2002|
For its day-to-day activities, the organization employs an Executive Director, as well as various sub-directors who manage various the agencies and initiatives of the organization.
The current Executive Director is Doctora Ariadna Ercilla of the Ardisphere. Past executive directors are as follows.
|Name||Took office||Left office||Country|
|Cándido Sigüenza||15 August, 1936||May 1942||Castellán|
|Manuel de Roncesvalles||May 1942||May 1948||San Marcos|
|Ariadna Ercilla||July, 2010||incumbent||Ardisphere|
Currently there are TBD countries with full membership in MPC.
|Country||Castilophone population (millions)||Total population (millions)||Percent Castilophone||Accession year|
|Ardisphere||16.0||19.0||84%||1936 (founding member)|
|Castellán||58.7||68.3||86%||1936 (founding member)|
|Costa de Oro||18.7||18.8||99%||1992|
|San Marcos||TBD||TBD||97.5%||1936 (founding member)|
Countries and other intergovernmental organizations may be granted observer status if they have some clear tie to Castellanese history or culture or to one of the current members. For example, Mahhal, as the "protector" state of the autonomous but non-sovereign Tárrases, which is a full member, has been granted observer status.
|Ataraxia||1955||Castellanese exploring and early colonialism resulted in Castellerain culture along the coast east of Ataraxia City, in the Centre region provinces of Delmar and Diego Garcia. The Castellanese soldiers were evicted in 1703, but settlers remained and lingering ties in the region plus recent immigration result in 1-2% Castilophone population today|
|Mahhal||1976||Because of accession of its protectorate Tárrases, also has very small minority of Castilophone people in the Massamba area near Tarrasean border|
|Valosia||1979||Because Valosia has a historical and cultural link with Castellán, 38.1% of population speaks Castellanese and 10.6% of Valosian people has Castellanese language as first language|