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UNESCO’s Director of the Office of Strategic Planning, Jean-Yves Le Saux, and HE Yvette Lambin Berti, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Monaco to UNESCO, signed a renewal of the Framework Cooperation Agreement concerning the four-year programme 2018-2021 at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters on Wednesday, March 14.
With this signature, the Prince's Government reaffirmed its commitment to continue its participation in this international specialised institution and its commitment to defend the mandate of UNESCO in order to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
HE Lambin Berti reiterated the Principality's commitment to the values of UNESCO. On behalf of the Director General, Audrey Azoulay, Mr Le Saux thanked Monaco for its long-term support in helping to make the Organisation's voice heard.
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The exhibition celebrating 70 years of the Monaco Red Cross (MRC) closed its doors last Saturday, March 3, the anniversary day of the founding of the Red Cross in the Principality in March, 1948.
Prince Albert was welcomed on arrival by the members of the Executive Committee of the CRM, as well as members of the Board of Directors.
Also present were Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior, and Stephane Valeri, President of the National Council. A hundred volunteers from the CRM had also been invited to the closing of the exhibition, which traced the highlights of the Monaco Red Cross, highlighting its commitment to its principles and the work of successive presidents, employees and volunteers of the association.
An anniversary stamp has also been published to provide a reminder of the times in office of the four presidents of the MRC who succeeded each other from 1948.
After a long visit, the Sovereign Prince left a message in the guestbook to show his enthusiasm on discovering the photos and videos presented. Prince Albert also congratulated the teams of the Monaco Red Cross and the scenographers for creating the commemorative exhibition.
“Over the past weeks, individuals who are part of organised crime groups, have been stealing the identities of high-ranking personalities in the principality and trying to establish personal contact with them, through email, text or video-conferencing via a WhatsApp-type application,” the government said in a statement Friday.
The elaborate scheme uses signed official documents on official letterhead, with phone calls that can display the switchboard number of these institutions.
The set up, which targets "community leaders or people with responsibility", uses the pretext of an urgent financial matter and asks for money to be transferred to foreign bank accounts, particularly in Asia.
Monaco-Matin additionally reports that a known journalist was contacted by a fake Prince Albert through WhatsApp and asked for money to help free a local journalist, supposedly kidnapped by an Islamist group.
Police have launched an investigation.
The Department of Public Security is calling for the utmost vigilance:
• be very cautious and sceptical about this kind of unusual communication;
• carry out direct and certain verification;
• contact the Judicial Police Division in case of such requests: +377 93 15 30 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Every Christmas in Monaco is heralded in true charitable fashion with the Ecumenical Kermesse, which once again will be held in the Fontvieille Chapiteau, this year on Saturday, December 3. Entrance is free and the doors open from 10 am to 6 pm.
There will be over 25 stalls including clothes, books, CDs, DVDs, antiques, Christmas decorations, Monegasque, Greek and British speciality stands, plus jewellery, household items, shoes, bags, gifts and novelties.
This year’s Tombola has over 20 prizes and tickets are just €2 each. The Snack Bar is open all day with a wide selection of delicious and inexpensive food and drinks.
Money raised will go to the charitable work of La Société de Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Paul's Church, the Eglise Réformé de Monaco,
British Association of Monaco, La Communauté Espanagnole, and La Paroisse Grecque Orthodoxe.
For more information, especially for donation of items, contact Merville Spiers on +377 93 15 02 89.
Article first published November 20, 2016.READ ALSO:St Paul's gets a new lift
The Department of Maritime Affairs (DAM) was alerted early on Tuesday morning by the professional fisherman of Monaco of the presence of tree trunks floating in the sea off Portier.
The anti-pollution vessel Vitamar found that there was a considerable amount of floating debris, covering an area of 300 metres by 30 metres. This information was forwarded to the regional operational centre for surveillance and rescue and the decision was taken to close the ports of Monaco to avoid damage to ships.
Thanks to the help of the Monaco Fire Department, the Maritime Police, the Port Operations Company (SEPM) and DAM, anti-pollution dams were quickly installed to protect the Hercule and Fontvieille ports.
Mariners were notified of the closures and the work underway.