[caption id="attachment_26199" align="alignnone" width="960"] Photo: Facebook Téléthon Monaco[/caption]
The 31st edition of the annual Telethon Monaco, to support the fight against rare, genetic diseases, kicked off yesterday, with the official opening of Telethon Village in the Port (South darse) followed by a Ferrari and Harley Davidson parade.
Entertainment includes ladder climbing with the Monaco Fire Department, stalls selling clothes and toys, Ferrari and Harley Davidson tours, laser rifle shooting, Scrabble tournaments and workshops. Temporary tattoos and hair braiding will also be available, and refreshments will be provided by the association Goutte d'Eau.
On Saturday, the agenda offers Handi Country at 2:30 pm, followed by Zumba (3:30 pm) and a lantern parada at 5:30 pm. At the Théâtre des Variétés, there’s a Studio de Monaco show (3 pm). A white truffle dinner, (€25/person) will be served at 8:30 pm.
On Sunday, there's an Athena Music concert (2 pm), Zumba (4:30 pm) and a tombala (6 pm).
The Monaco Telethon Organisation shares a common goal with AFM-Telethon, the French Muscular Dystrophy Association, which not only supports rare disease research but also helps to support patients and families during each stage of the disease, from diagnosis to housing and care, and from education to employment.
Donate in person, by phone 3637 or online. Contact Telethon Monaco on +377 97 77 36 37 for more details.
[caption id="attachment_26333" align="alignnone" width="640"] Monegasque delegation with Marie-Catherine Caruso-Ravera, Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations, Isabelle Picco, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the UN, Valérie Bruell-Melchior, Deputy Permanent Representative, and Florian Botto, Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission. Photo: DC[/caption]
Monaco Explorations and the Principality's initiatives for the oceans have been in the spotlight at the UN. Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, accompanied by Marie-Catherine Caruso-Ravera, Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations, visited the United States, from December 4 to 8, to make working visits to the various Monaco Diplomatic and Consular Missions.
In New York, she delivered an important speech to the UN General Assembly during the debate on oceans and the law of the sea.
Her address was an opportunity to recall Monaco's priorities, such as the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, ocean acidification, marine protected areas, the fight against marine pollution as well as the Principality’s support for hydrography and marine cartography.
The importance of marine science and scientific collaboration was also at the heart of the Director General's speech, citing as examples the Yersin’s ports of call in Madeira, Cape Verde and Martinique, in accordance with the vision of SAS the Sovereign Prince to "reconcile humanity and the sea."
The Principality also supports the initiative of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission to proclaim a Decade of Ocean Sciences from 2021 to 2030. Two draft resolutions of the General Assembly on oceans and the law of the sea in general and on the sustainability of fisheries were adopted at the end of the debate.
By the end of the year, the General Assembly is expected to adopt a third resolution to convene an Intergovernmental Conference to develop a new International Instrument for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity.
[caption id="attachment_25040" align="alignnone" width="640"] Get in the Ring 2016 JCEM team. Photo: JCEM[/caption]
For the fourth consecutive year, the Junior Economic Chamber of Monaco – which focuses on the areas of Training, Entrepreneurship and Networking – organised the Get in the Ring competition.
The day’s training on Friday, December 1, started at 8:30 am, with a working breakfast with all the incubated startups of MonacoTech. Throughout the day the candidates were coached by high-level mentors in a highly-charged but studious atmosphere.
At the end of the first round of the competition for start-ups, six candidates were selected to go on stage in front of the Grand Jury later in the day: Hyve, Wafer, Coviago, O’Sol, Zappik, and Onhys.
The jury for the evening session, which started at 6 pm at the Meridian Beach Plaza, consisted of Rémi Raso, Nicholas Cournoyer, Mauro Dell Orco, Florence Richardson, and Invest Monaco's Justin Highman.
The winner, Onhys, which specialises in modelling urban regeneration plans, is now directly qualified for the global final of the Get in the Ring competition to be held in March 2018 in Carcais, Lisbon.