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International conferences: a very busy December for Monaco

Florian Botto speaking at the UN
UN Photo / Evan Schneider – Florian Botto speaking at the UN

As 2021 comes to a close, the Prince’s Government has taken part in numerous international conferences on such cricial themes as the environment, public health and diplomacy.

Here is a brief round-up of the most important conferences held over the past few days…


Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean

As part of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN, Mr. Laurent Anselmi outlined the Principality’s actions that contribute to the protection of the Mediterranean Sea.

World Health Assembly

The purpose of this second extraordinary session was to prepare a response to current and future pandemics. An intergovernmental negotiating group, co-sponsored by Monaco, was set up to “bring the international community together” and create a common health policy.

Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The objective of the meeting was to better regulate the use of chemicals that act on the central nervous system, during law enforcement operations. The Principality renewed its financial support for the activities carried out by the Organisation in Syria.

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World Tourism Organisation session

The Government took part in this assembly , which was aimed at discussing the future of tourism in a post-Covid world, and the best strategies to adopt. Representatives also spoke of the importance of greener tourism.

UN Friends of Sports Group virtual meeting

The General Assembly adopted the resolution “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”. Isabelle Picco took the opportunity to remind those present that solidarity and team spirit are essential in sport and in life.

OSCE Ministerial Council

Speaking to the members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Laurent Anselmi stressed the extent to which multilateralism is essential for a better world (ecology, human rights, fight against discrimination…). In addition, he signed an agreement ensuring a financial contribution by the Prince’s Government to a scheme to combat human trafficking.

UN General Assembly

The agenda of this Assembly was focused on the protection of oceans and seas.  A crucial subject for the Government, whose representative Florian Botto spoke on the rights of the ocean.  He underlined the Principality’s will to preserve marine biodiversity, which he considers inseparable from the very identity of Monaco.

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New agreement with Russia

The Principality signed a bilateral agreement on the recognition of diplomas between Russia and Monaco. The agreement aims to develop student mobility between the two countries.

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