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Dear partners, dear readers,

On the occasion of COP 21 in Paris on 12th December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first universal climate agreement to combat climate change.

Although it is the least polluting continent on the planet, Africa suffers most from the effects of climate change: rising temperatures, drought, floods, the destruction of vegetation, food and water supply crises – these are all critical issues faced by the African continent.

To address these key challenges, the Monegasque Cooperation will continue to focus its aid on the most vulnerable African countries.

For UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon: “We have entered a new era of global cooperation”. 2016 thus opens up unique prospects of hope and solidarity...may the rest of the year prove to be just as positive and the situation in the Middle East ease.

Together with the whole team at the Office of International Cooperation, I would like to wish you an excellent 2016, filled with joy and solidarity.

Bénédicte Schutz, Director of the International Cooperation

3 December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Supporting people with disabilities is one of the key programmes of the Prince's Government's Department of International Cooperation, which helps more than 4,000 children and young people with disabilities in 12 countries every year.

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November - Partnership between the Prince's Government and WHO to eliminate malaria

A working meeting was held between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the African Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss the programme that the Prince's Government has supported since 2010, aiming at eliminating malaria in 8 African countries.

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Olivier Giroud supports
Monaco Collectif Humanitaire (MCH)

Crowdfunding "#SaveNato" with footballer Olivier Giroud, Ambassador of Monaco Collectif Humanitaire, raised 10.000 euros in only 24h to save a little boy from Madagascar named Nato. Thanks to the funds collected, 14-month-old Nato will be operated in the Principality for a heart condition, as the operation cannot be performed in his country of origin.

Monaco Collectif Humanitaire

November - Niger - Partnership between the Prince's Government and the Fondation Mérieux

As part of its partnership with the Fondation Mérieux with regard to integrating Niger into the West African Network of Laboratories, the Prince's Government attended a ceremony on 11 November 2015 to lay the foundation stone of the future building of Niger's Division of Health Laboratories, in the presence of the Public Health Minister of Niger.

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October - A new Monaco International Volunteer in Morocco

Monaco's Office of International Cooperation has recently recruited a new Monaco International Volunteer, deployed with its Moroccan partner association, Kane Ya Makane, which specialises in combating school dropout and promoting the socio-economic integration of women in rural areas.

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20th information meeting between the Prince's Government and Monegasque International Solidarity Organisations

Forty NGOs, foundations and service clubs attended this annual meeting, chaired by Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. You can find Monaco’s international solidarity organisations and their activities on and on “Monaco Solidaire” channel

October - Signature of a new protocol agreement with Mauritania in the field of Civil Protection

Monaco and Mauritania are linked by a long-standing partnership in the field of civil protection. Initiated in 1998 by Monaco Fire and Emergency Service, this partnership has benefitted since 2004 from funds allocated by the Office of International Cooperation as part of Monaco Public Aid for Development.

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October - Monaco attends the 42nd session of the Committee on World Food Security

From 12 to 15 October 2015, Monaco took part in the work of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) as a new member of this international and intergovernmental platform, which is the main body for issues of food security and nutrition.

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16 October - World Food Day

As part of the partnership with Sciences Po, a delegation comprised of members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and students from the Sciences Po Menton campus, travelled to Expo Milano 2015 "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" on the occasion of World Food Day.

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December – 5th edition of "No Time Left" Festival on the Millennium Development Goals in Monaco

The prize awards ceremony for “No Time Left" ("Le Temps Presse") short film festival, supported by the Office of International Cooperation since its creation, was held in Monaco for the first time this year, in the presence of Jan Kounen, film director, scriptwriter and President of Honour of the Festival.

2,000 children aged 8 to 12 from Monaco, France, Cameroon and partner schools of Monaco's official development assistance in Madagascar, Burundi, Morocco, and Senegal were part of the Children jury.

During November, before the screening of the six short films shortlisted for the 2015 Children's Prize, the Office of International Cooperation, in partnership with the Department of Education, Youth and Sport, visited the schools of Monaco, to raise awareness of pupils in Years 5 and 6 on development issues and the activities undertaken by the Prince's Government to help combat poverty.

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