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Edition n°28 | April - May - June 2016
Dear partners, dear readers,

At the first World Humanitarian Summit, in which the Principality of Monaco took part, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, urged the international community to halve the number of displaced people by 2030, and to find more effective long term solutions for refugees and displaced populations, in compliance with humanitarian law.  

On 20th June, on the occasion of World Refugee Day, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees informed us for the first time since it was created that the threshold of 60 million refugees had been exceeded: in 2015  there were 65.3 million people worldwide who were forced to flee their country, 51% of whom children*. A critical situation to which the Government of Monaco has reacted at its own level.

In a completely different vein, June was marked by an innovative and unifying action implemented by the Office of International Cooperation in partnership with Babyloan: the Monegasque State’s Solidarity Challenge. For one month the members of the State services joined forces to select micro entrepreneurs who will receive funding from the Monegasque Cooperation.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue and have a lovely summer.
Bénédicte Schutz, Directeur de la Coopération Internationale
*UNHCR Global Trends 2015
  • June
20 June - The Prince's Government associates itself with World Refugee Day
The Office of International Cooperation, which is involved in implementing the cooperation policy of the Prince's Government, is supporting numerous projects throughout the world to benefit refugees.

Interview: Florestan Fillon, Monaco International Volunteer, returns from Mongolia
A few questions for Florestan, who looks back over his volunteering stint with the Association of Parents of Disabled Children (APDC)* in Ulan Bator, a partner of Monaco’s Official Development Assistance. Over the course of a year, Florestan coordinated the setting up of a pilot centre which aims to improve the integration of disabled children and young adults in Mongolia.

Focus on
Cooperation mission in Burkina Faso
As part of efforts to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, a Monegasque delegation travelled to Burkina Faso from 26 to 29 June 2016 for a working visit, which notably included an audience granted by the country’s President, H.E. Mr Roch Marc Christian KABORE.

  • May
The Prince's Government allocates 50,000 € to Malian refugees in Mauritania
The Prince's Government has responded to an urgent appeal launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food and nutritional assistance to 50,000 Malian refugees in the Mberra camp in south-eastern Mauritania.

Monaco takes part in the 1st World Humanitarian Summit
Monaco has taken part in the first Summit for Heads of State and Governments on humanitarian issues, held on the initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May.

Focus on
The Monegasque Administration's Solidarity Challenge
Between 1 and 30 June, in partnership with Babyloan, more than 800 Monaco Government staff cast their votes on the dedicated Solidarity Challenge platform to choose the micro-entrepreneurs who would receive funding from the Office of International Cooperation. Thanks to this fantastic response and the loans granted by the Prince’s Government, 52 micro-entrepreneurs and their families in 9 countries will see their standard of living improve.

  • April
25 April: World Malaria Day, a key programme for Monaco's Official Development Assistance
The Department of International Cooperation, which helps to implement the policy of the Prince's Government, supports international efforts to combat malaria and contributes to numerous major projects in this field.

Arrival in Loumbila, Burkina Faso of first Monaco Pavilion containers
Four of the containers which made up the Monaco Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 were recently delivered to Loumbila, where they are to become a first-aid training centre for the entire West Africa region.

Mongolia - Improving the health of the population of Arkhangai
The Department of International Cooperation travelled to Mongolia to evaluate the project to improve maternal and infant health, "A Healthy Birth in Arkhangai" ("Bien Naître en Arkhangaï"), which has been supported by the Prince's Government since 2009.  
A new pilot project was also launched, to provide access to better quality food.

Focus on
Sickle Cell Network meets in Principality
The associations and referring doctors of the Sickle Cell Network (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania, Senegal and Madagascar) met in the Principality for working sessions coordinated by the Office of International Cooperation, as part of its flagship programme to combat sickle-cell disease.

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