[caption id="attachment_27687" align="alignnone" width="891"] (L-R) Bernard El Ghoul, Sciences Po Campus Director; Karolina Lindholm Billing, Deputy Representative of UNHCR in Lebanon; Bénédicte Schutz, Director of International Cooperation; and Gilles Tonelli, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Photo: Charly Gallo/DC[/caption]
For the fourth consecutive year, the Department of International Cooperation (DIC) organised a Winter School, a week of thematic courses for first year students on the Middle East-Mediterranean Campus of Sciences Po Paris in Menton.
During the week of January 22 to 26, partners of the DCI, recognised actors in the field of development aid – the International Committee of the Red Cross, World Food Programme, Handicap International – presented the basic principles of humanitarian support and the specific issues of humanitarian crises such as health, nutrition and disability.
For two days, the students discussed Lebanon's special situation, with speeches by the Lebanese Ambassador to France, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Relief and Works Agency, and the office of the United Nations for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
On the sidelines across the week, the Prince's Government, represented by Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of the Department, signed two agreements: the first with the UNHCR Bureau in Lebanon for its schooling programme for Syrian children, and the second with the Handicap International Federation, to support its new campaign against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
“Monaco, at the height of its means ... seeks not only to contribute to a more stable, more just, more generous world but also to transmit values and ways of thinking, and that is what we wanted to do with you this week,” Minister Tonelli said.
[caption id="attachment_19334" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Photo: DC[/caption]
A new milestone in the conservation of biodiversity in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean region was reached in Monaco on July 5, highlighting the Principality's leadership.
The objective of the second edition of the workshop "Antarctica and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020", opened by Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, was to develop a series of concrete measures to improve the protection and conservation of biodiversity in the region.
Experts also sought to identify and define a set of indicators that could assist the countries involved in implementing conservation measures in Antarctica to assess the effectiveness and success of these action plans.
The first edition of the workshop, held in Monaco in 2015, showed that globally the state of biodiversity in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean was similar and not better than that of the rest of the world. However, the experts stressed that "... despite this rather pessimistic assessment, there are many possibilities for positive action to improve the situation in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean".
In the Global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, as defined in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the actions identified in Monaco during this second "Monaco Assessment" will help to establish conservation and effective implementation of biodiversity on a global scale.
Professor Denis Allemand, Scientific Director of the Scientific Centre of Monaco, closed the event by concluding: "The actions and indicators identified during this second workshop will improve the situation in the region substantially and should be welcomed very favourably by all those with an interest.”
He added: "I can assure you that the Monaco Scientific Centre and the Monaco government will continue to support the conservation of Antarctic biodiversity and to promote basic scientific research to define and support these action plans."