[caption id="attachment_26367" align="alignnone" width="640"] Outward Bound Monaco Awards Ceremony with Prince Albert and OBM students. Photo: Ed Wright Images[/caption]
On Monday, December 11, 30 students from the Côte d’Azur who participated this summer in Outward Bound programmes braved the dreadful weather conditions to reunite for the prestigious Outward Bound Monaco annual awards ceremony in the Monaco Yacht Club.
Surrounded by friends, patrons and members of Outward Bound Monaco (OBM) and their parents, the proud students received their diplomas from the Patron of Outward Bound Monaco, HSH Prince Albert, who praised their courage and resourcefulness in the face of the challenges that an Outward Bound programme offers.
Prince Albert with the OBM Patrons who kindly sponsor Outward Bound Monaco (L-R): Michael Peagram (President, OBM), Sergio Buttazzi (EFG Bank), Kory Tarpenning (Nike), HSH Prince Albert II, David Burns (Zindagi Advisory), Jean-Francois Noaro (Noaro Freres), Rommy Gianni (Monte Carlo Polo team) and Judy Churchill (General Secretary, OBM). Photo: Ed Wright Photography
Michael Peagram, President of OBM commented, “Our Awards evening is always a delight. The obvious enthusiasm and shining faces of the young people who completed the OB courses in the summer confirms again the contribution of the experience to their foundation for future life. We are hugely privileged that our Patron HSH Prince Albert finds the time to meet them and present their certificates. “
The evening was full of pride and excitement for the youths, ages 12 to 17, who gave time, energy and passion this summer in Ullswater (the English Lake District) and Aberdovey (North Wales) to try something that pushed their personal barriers and rewarded them with the sense of achievement at overcoming new challenges, as well as having great fun.
Student Max Botwright, 15, reflecting on his OB experience, said "I have really enjoyed taking part in two Outward Bound courses and was fortunate to have been selected to represent the Association in the recent Princes' Cup rowing race.
“Through activities such as hiking, camping, rafting, rock climbing and rowing, Outward Bound has enabled me to push myself further and to accomplish tasks I didn’t think I could. Many of the activities have required my teamwork with other teenagers, who I had only recently met, and I’ve made many lifelong friends along the way."
For more on Outward Bound Monaco, see their website.
[caption id="attachment_26426" align="alignnone" width="960"] On May 24, 1961, President and Mrs Kennedy welcomed Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco to the The White House. Photo: Facebook: Embassy of the Principality of Monaco in Washington, D.C./Corbis-Bettman[/caption]
The Embassy of Monaco has inaugurated its new premises in the heart of the US federal capital. The Chancellery is now located nearer the White House and the main ministries.
At the official ceremony at 888 17th Street, on Thursday, December 7, Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of Monaco to the USA, received many notable personalities, in the presence of Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of Foreign Affairs and of Cooperation, and Marie Catherine Caruso, Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations.
In her address, the Ambassador recalled the importance and the quality of the ties that unite the Principality and the United States.
As an example, on November 29 and 30, the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission Karine Médecin-Lemon welcomed a delegation from the New Orleans Tricentennial commission to the Principality in preparation for Monaco’s participation in the Tricentennial celebrations in 2018.
The links between the Principality and New Orleans date back to Monaco’s first American Princess. According to the Embassy, Princess Alice of Monaco was born Alice Heine in New Orleans in 1857 and married Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1889.
[caption id="attachment_26424" align="alignnone" width="629"] Photo: Embassy of the Principality of Monaco in Washington, D.C.[/caption]
Headed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu-City of New Orleans, the delegation’s Monaco visit at the end of November included a welcome dinner with local officials, meetings with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, the Monaco Economic Board, and a stop by the Casino de Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival.
The delegation’s visit culminated with lunch at the Palace in the presence of Prince Albert.
[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.