[caption id="attachment_26346" align="alignnone" width="640"] Ludovic Schultz, Head of the French Delegation, representing HE Xavier Sticker, and Cyril Gomez, Head of the Monegasque Delegation. Photo: Manuel Vitali/DC[/caption]
The handover took place on December 13 between the outgoing Presidency and the incoming Presidency of the Pelages Agreement, provided by Monaco in the person of Cyril Gomez, Director General of the Department of Public Works, Environment and Urban Development.
Cyril Gomez, Head of the Monegasque delegation, succeeded HE Xavier Sticker, Head of the French delegation, and will hold the Presidency for the next two years.
The objective of the Pelagos Agreement is to protect marine mammals and their habitats from any threat of human origin. The Sanctuary is a maritime area of 87,500 square kilometres and represents the largest marine protected area in the Mediterranean and the only international marine area dedicated to the protection of marine mammals.
[caption id="attachment_26434" align="alignnone" width="719"] Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of Monaco in France, and Miss Mouna Lekhnati. Photo: DR[/caption]
His Excellency Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of Monaco to France, attended the 58th Award Ceremony of the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation for Vocation on Monday, December 11, where he presented one of the prizes.
This Foundation, chaired by Elisabeth Badinter, offers financial awards young men and women who are particularly deserving in different fields of activity, from literature to sport, science, research and the environment.
During the Ceremony held at the Edouard VII Theatre in Paris, the Ambassador of Monaco presented the HSH Prince Albert II Prize to Miss Mouna Lekhnati, a young 22-year-old planner, who plans to build a Smart City, thanks to her studies in technology and sustainable development.
The vocational prize will allow this young woman to finance part of her tuition fees and help her in the beginning of her future career.
[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.
Thursday 7 September to Sunday 5 November, Exotic Garden
Exhibition: “When sculptures blossom”, presented by artists from the Monegasque National Committee of the UNESCO International Association of Art (IAA)
Information: +377 93 15 29 80