[caption id="attachment_25301" align="alignnone" width="640"] Marie-Pierre Gramaglia at COP23 in Bonn. Photo: DR[/caption]
Marie-Pierre Gramaglia spoke on behalf of the Principality of Monaco at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23) in Bonn on Thursday, November 16, and offered support to the island state of Fiji.
In her speech, Monaco’s Minister for Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development reiterated the objectives of the Principality of Monaco in reducing greenhouse gases: a reduction of 50 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 and carbon neutrality by 2050.
“Today my country wants the commitment of all parties to be ambitious and transparent in order to achieve the goal we have collectively set for ourselves, to contain the average rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees from at pre-industrial levels and as far as possible below 1.5 °C.”
In the face of major meteorological events, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia asked: “Do not these extreme phenomena bring us back to the urgency of a situation that we have too long underestimated? Is it not today our collective responsibility to act and establish mechanisms to facilitate access to international funding for the most vulnerable?”
Speaking to the Fiji Presidency of COP 23, the Minister added that “our two countries share the same approach to the key role of oceans for climate. Beyond threats, we also know the tremendous opportunities that oceans hold, provided we are able to protect and exploit them in a sustainable way.
“It is important to highlight their incredible potential for mitigation and adaptation. As such, the IPCC Special Report on the Oceans and the Cryosphere, to be published in 2019, will undoubtedly provide new insights to enrich debates on these issues and inform our decisions.”
“It is fundamental that the commitment of each and everyone is maintained so that together we can achieve the objectives and thus ensure a sustainable future for our children.”
COP23, which ran until November 17, was chaired by Fiji, an island state particularly affected by the effects of climate change.
[caption id="attachment_25300" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Jean-François Ottonello/Nice-Matin[/caption]
The Monaco-Matin Eco Club met on the morning of Friday, November 17, in the presence of Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy. The venue was MonacoTech, the state Incubator and Accelerator startups programme, inaugurated on November 8 by Prince Albert and Xavier Niel.
Jean Castellini opened the debate by recounting the birth of MonacoTech, closely linked to the creation of the Observatory of Industry in 2015. He also mentioned the Principality’s interest in welcoming young innovative companies and the enthusiasm that they may develop in growing their businesses in Monaco.
Representatives of three startups based in MonacoTech – Gangz, Laneva, and Novetech Surgery – as well as from various local entities and companies in the Principality and the neighbouring region spoke on the theme of the meeting: "What innovation from the Principality?"
[caption id="attachment_25035" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Facebook Gouvernement Monaco[/caption]
On Monday, November 13, Minister of Finance and Economy Jean Castellini opened the annual conference at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo Hotel of officials of the Tourism and Congress Department’s (DTC) bureaus abroad.
Every year, this conference is a unique opportunity to bring together the office’s representatives, some of who work thousands of kilometres away each day to promote the Principality.
Each office had the opportunity to present the figures and trends in its market for 2017 and announced the various events and projects it plans to organise during the coming year.
During the week, these representatives of the Principality will also be able to meet Monegasque tourism partners, including restaurants, hotels, incoming agencies, transport operators, and others.
This is also the unique moment in the year when it is possible for these professionals to discuss together the strategies that will be developed and applied in foreign markets to increase the economic impact of tourism in the Principality.
The DTC and its 10 offices organise more than 250 such operations each year in more than 20 countries.