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Dear partners, dear readers,

This summer was marked by the appalling refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. To address this situation, Monaco responded on its own scale by welcoming refugee families to the Principality and by providing financial support for programmes implemented by civil society and specialised UN agencies.

With the United Nations 70th anniversary recently being celebrated, we have seen significant progress made towards a more dignified and more equitable world. Therefore, we are delighted that seven of the Monegasque Cooperation’s intervention countries have achieved the hunger reduction goal (MDG n°1)..

In 2015, 800 million people across the globe still live in extreme poverty with an income of less than 1.25 dollar a day, 16,000 children die every day before their fifth birthday, and 38 million young Africans are unemployed*.

The adoption of a new roadmap by the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should enable us to rise to the many challenges ahead in order to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and guarantee prosperity for all.

The Office of International Cooperation is thus continuing its actions related to these human-centred goals: health, education and socio-economic integration.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue.

Bénédicte Schutz, Director of International Cooperation

September - The Government supports the 8th edition of the Convergences World Forum

The Office of International Cooperation attended the Convergences World Forum which took place in Paris from 7th to 9th September. With the focus on Zero exclusion, Zero carbon and Zero poverty, the Forum attracted over 7,000 participants this year.

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September - Official opening of Tsatsyn Ereg Research Centre, funded by Prince’s Government

Constructed on the site of a Bronze Age necropolis, the Tsatsyn Ereg Research Centre in Mongolia, funded by the Prince’s Government, was officially opened during the summer, in the presence of Mongolia’s Honorary Consul in Monaco and members of the joint Monaco-Mongolia archaeological expedition.

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The Government of Monaco takes part in the celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sciences Po campus in Menton

Within the scope of the partnership between the Government of Monaco and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (Sciences Po), the Director General of the Ministry of External Relations and Cooperation, Isabelle Rosabrunetto, took part in the celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sciences Po Campus in Menton.

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August - Madagascar – Prince’s Government supports research into antibiotic resistance in children

The Department of International Cooperation supports the Institut Pasteur’s Birdy research programme, which studies neonatal and childhood infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria in low-income countries. Since 2012, more than 1,000 newborns have been examined as part of the programme in Madagascar.

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August - South Africa – Nursery school supported by Prince’s Government voted best in country

The Mickey Mouse nursery school in Swellendam, Western Cape Province, built thanks to funding from the Prince’s Government, has been named the best pre-school in South Afric.

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The Government of Monaco supports the project "Small is Powerful"

By means of a visual and analytical investigation, the project « Small is Powerful » shows how small and medium-sized African enterprises (SMEs) promote development in Africa.

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July - Prince’s Government and World Food Programme working together to fight hunger in Burundi and Madagascar

Monaco’s Official Development Assistance finances two projects to combat malnutrition in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The projects will support 45,000 pupils in Burundi and 4,000 pregnant women in Madagascar.

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July - Seven priority countries for Monaco’s Official Development Assistance have achieved their hunger reduction target

Of the 12 countries in which Monaco’s Official Development Assistance operates, seven have achieved the Millennium Development Goal on reducing hunger (MDG No. 1), reducing by half the proportion of their population which suffers from hunger or bringing this proportion below 5%.

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July - Monaco attends Third International Conference on Financing for Development

From 13 to 16 July, the Principality of Monaco took part in the Third International Conference on Financing for Development at the headquarters of the African Union in Ethiopia. Ms Valérie BRUELL-MELCHIOR, Monaco’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Head of the Prince’s Government’s delegation to the conference, reiterated the Principality’s commitment to respecting its obligations as a member state of the UN and a supportive partner of sustainable development.

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September – Monaco at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly

During the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly and Summit in New York, Mr Gilles Tonelli, Minister for External Relations and Cooperation, asserted the Principality’s commitment to fully taking part in the collective efforts necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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* 2015 United Nations report
*2013 International Labour Organisation report