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Édition n31 | January - February - March 2017
Dear partners, dear readers,
For the Monegasque Cooperation, the first trimester of 2017 was marked by the visit to Monaco of Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Prince's government has supported the UNHCR in its emergency and development operations since 1956, and more recently in three zones: the Middle East in the context of the Syrian crisis, the African continent and its "forgotten crises" such as Sudan, as well as the Maghreb region. Two agreements aiming to facilitate the socio-professional integration of refugees in Morocco and Tunisia were signed during this historic visit.
During this first trimester, there were numerous natural disasters in our countries of cooperation: the cyclone Enawo devastated Madagascar in contrast to the persistent drought in Africa affecting millions of people. The Prince's government is doing its part in the face of these crises by responding to the international community's calls for emergency aid.
I wish you a pleasant reading,
Bénédicte Schutz, Directeur de la Coopération Internationale
  • March
8 March, International Women’s Day: Monaco stands up for women throughout the world
The Department of International Cooperation supports numerous projects to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” which is United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.

Focus on
Creation of the first cardiac catheterisation room in Mali

The Monegasque association SHARE, the Prince's Government, AMADE Monaco and ECO SYSTEM company signed a partnership agreement on Wednesday 15 March to set up a cardiac catheterisation unit at the Luxembourg Mother-Child Hospital in Bamako, Mali, the first in the country.

  • February
Monaco Collectif Humanitaire : 320 children treated since the start of the project in 2008
In 2016, 48 children underwent operations, thanks to Monaco Collectif Humanitaire. Since 2008, 320
children, in majority from the African continent, have been operated in Monaco, mainly for cardiac pathologies that cannot be treated in their countries of origin.

A new Monaco International Volunteer in Madagascar
Charlotte Gamba has begun her mission as Monaco International Volunteer at Ephata school, which is supported by the Monegasque cooperation. This specialist school provides education for blind and partially sighted children in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar.

Focus on
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees visits Monaco

Mr Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, paid a working visit to Monaco on Wednesday 15 February 2017. He was accompanied by Mr Ralf Gruenert, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative for Monaco and France.

  • January
Partnership between the Prince's Government and Sciences Po Paris: awareness-raising week on the theme of "Humanitarian Crises and Refugees"
Aiming to raise first-year students' awareness on international cooperation, the Winter School 2017 organised by the Department of International Cooperation (DCI), took place at the Middle East-Mediterranean Campus of the Paris Institute of Political Studies ("Sciences Po") in Menton from 16 to 20 January.

Award ceremony for Le Temps Presse film festival on Sustainable Development Goals
The award ceremony for the short film festival Le Temps Presse, which has been supported by the Prince’s government since it was first launched, took place on 9 January at the Hotel de Ville in Paris. Co-chaired by Muhammad Yunus, the pioneer behind microcredit and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and filmmaker Wim Wenders, the sixth festival rewarded six short films about the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

IN SHORT, news from our partners:
The building site of the Red Cross multi-purpose centre in Loumbila, Burkina Faso, supported by the Prince’s governement, is moving forward. The containers of the ex Monaco Pavilion from the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition are now in place at ground level and level 1 and will become an innovative and sustainable training and accommodation for the Burkina Faso Red Cross.



In January, Mariam WANE, President and Founder of ADSM, received the Health award from TOTAL Foundation for her commitment to the fight against sickle-cell disease in Mauritania.

In parallel to International Women's Day, the Department of International Cooperation and its partner AMREF organized a conference about Monaco’s involvement towards women, at Monaco Foundation in the International University Campus in Paris.

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