[caption id="attachment_26265" align="alignnone" width="640"] Daniela and Thierry Boutsen, Boutsen Aviation with Eric Brundage, Publisher Monaco Life, and Hugo Campbell Davys from Urbanologie. Photo: David Dyson/Investor Media[/caption]
On Thursday, December 7, prominent representatives from Family Offices and the yacht investment community came together to toast the winter season at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly.
The annual invitation-only event fosters productive business exchange and celebrates Monaco in London. The evening was held in partnership with the Monaco Economic Board and was supported by a number of notable Monaco-based and global businesses, including BlockEx, AM Yacht Design, Silver Arrows Marine, Thirty-Nine Monte Carlo, Edmiston, Icon Gold Fund and BASYCS Switzerland.
[caption id="attachment_26264" align="alignnone" width="640"] Justin Highman, Monaco Invest, Monaco Economic Board with Xavier Calloc'h, Investor Media. Photo: David Dyson/Investor Media[/caption]
The event kicked off with opening remarks by the Monaco Economic Board, who shared their mission to help companies grow their business in Monaco. Other speakers represented an array of perspectives on the wealth of business and leisure resources on offer in Monaco, from the latest on innovative luxury motor yachts to an exclusive sports club, whose programming is inspired by the principles of sporting excellence and a holistic lifestyle.
Some 100 attendees enjoyed Tattinger champagne while reading Investor Media’s newly released bi-monthly magazines: Family Office Investor and Yacht Investor. The magazines are distributed internationally, and spotlight topics relating to investment trends, luxury lifestyle and travel, and the arts and culture.
[caption id="attachment_26298" align="alignnone" width="640"] Samantha Bohbot L&X, Lilly Zhang from Intellium Advisory and Lauren Xandra, L&X. Photo: David Dyson/Investor Media[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_26290" align="alignnone" width="640"] Artist Rodolfo Villaplana and Investor Media's Servanne Sohier.Photo: David Dyson/Investor Media[/caption]
The cocktail, which ended after 10 pm, showcased an artistic display of glassworks by Lalique, as well as paintings by Rodolfo Villaplana, winner of the Young Masters Prize, and Mark Dziewulski. Dziewulski’s paintings travelled directly from the Venice Biennale to BAFTA, which his representation office, Lauren Xandra of luxury marketing firm L&X, remarked to be “a location which truly reflects the rich cultural heart of London”.
Xavier Calloc’h, CEO of Investor Media, expressed his gratitude to the Monaco Economic Board and the “great success of the event with guests attending from around the world and delighted sponsors.”
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Images courtesy of David Dyson/Investor Media.Article first published December 11, 2017.
[caption id="attachment_26326" align="alignnone" width="640"] Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE. Photo: DC[/caption]
Gilles Tonelli, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, spoke on a number of topics important to the Principality at the 24th Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, held in Vienna on December 7 and 8.
The minister reaffirmed Monaco's commitment to the fundamental rules of international law, first and foremost the defence of human rights, the rule of law and democracy, as well as the respect for the principles of justice and peace.
Gilles Tonelli praised the OSCE's many actions in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, as well as the important efforts made to calm tensions in the region. He also reaffirmed the financial support of the Principality to the OSCE Special Observer Mission to Ukraine.
In addition, Mr Tonelli indicated that the Principality will continue its efforts to contribute, as far as it can, to the fight against “the terrorist scourge”. These efforts are reflected in the extension, for three years, of the programme that Monaco is supporting alongside UNODC, aimed at helping the Sahel countries to improve their criminal justice systems in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, and by supporting the "Octopus-Cybercrim Program" under the auspices of the Council of Europe.
Finally, Gilles Tonelli said that the Principality of Monaco remains resolutely engaged with its Mediterranean partners, notably through the extension, in 2018-2019, of a financing agreement between the Prince's Government and the OSCE on a project to ”fight against trafficking in human beings along migration routes".
This extension was signed, in the margins of the Ministerial Council, in a bilateral meeting with Ambassador Thomas Greminger, the new Secretary General of the OSCE, in the presence of Madina Jarbussynova, Special Representative and OSCE Coordinator for the fight against trafficking in human beings.
The minister was accompanied in Vienna by Ms Isabelle Berro-Amadei, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the OSCE, and Lorenzo Ravano, First Counsellor to the Monaco Embassy in Berlin.
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The Energy Observer has completed more than 4,000 nautical miles before completing its Tour de France in Monaco, arriving on Wednesday, December 13 at Quai Antoine 1er.
This, the first self-sustaining hydrogen ship without the emission of greenhouse gases or fine particles, will welcome the general public at its village until December 21, 2017.
The choice of Monaco for a port visit echoes the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation's commitment to innovative projects such as Planet Solar, the Formula E and Solar Impulse championships.
For a week, the crew of Energy Observer will take advantage of this last stop to meet local players whose initiatives are remarkable, while preparing the continuation of the Odyssey for the Future in the Mediterranean and working on the first technological optimisations of the ship.
The exhibition village dedicated to the project is open and free until Thursday, December 21, from 10 am to 6 pm.
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The links between the Albert II Foundation of Monaco, the Principality of Monaco and Energy Observer go back to the beginnings of the project, through several meetings during which the Sovereign has always taken a great interest in the project and declared his willingness to welcome the ship for a stage of its World Tour.
This is now done, and this support is in line with the Principality's commitment to encourage major technological innovation projects, in the service of the fight against global warming.