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A resounding success for the fifth Monaco Private Label Summit

On 23rd, 24th and 25th March 2017, Monaco hosted the fifth Monaco Private Label (MPL) annual summit, initiated by Mr Michel Bouquier, which brought together over 180 investors from 27 countries.


MPL members took part in the lecture “Vie privée, sécurité et philanthropie” (Privacy, security and philanthropy) as well as in a round table session moderated by Mr Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy, which was held in the presence of H.E. Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State.

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From 30 March to 4 April 2017, the future of oceans under debate in Monaco

The Principality of Monaco’s commitment to marine ecosystem conservation is deeply rooted in its history: from the inauguration of the Institute of Oceanography by Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1911, to the more recently created Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2006. This ambition to better understand the environmental dangers to our planet, and especially our oceans, figures once again on the Monaco agenda over the coming weeks.

From 30 March to 4 April, in partnership with Rolex, local actors and Monaco-based international organisations will share their experiences and reflect on marine conservation and blue economy sustainable development at the Monaco Ocean Week.

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Launch of the E Rally des Gazelles

Every year, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc brings together in the Moroccan desert more than three hundred women of over thirty different nationalities aged between 18 and 65. This year, a new category dedicated to electric vehicles has been created: the E-Rallye des Gazelles. The first edition was officially kicked off by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco at 10.45 am on Saturday 18th March in the Palace Square in Monaco, when he gave the starting signal for the competing electric vehicles.

Eminent figures present included André Azoulay, Senior Adviser to His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the racing driver, Paul Belmondo.

Founded by Mrs Dominique Serra, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc was awarded the “Tourism and Climate” prize by Morroco’s Ministry of Tourism during Cop 22.

The Sovereign has sponsored a white paper on the rally entitled “Construisons ensemble des rallye-raids durables” (Let us build together sustainable off-road rallies). 

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A machine designed to produce water donated to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

A revolutionary machine designed to trap moisture from the air and transform it into drinking water was donated to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation on 16th March 2017. The gift was presented directly to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco by Mrs Angela Van Wright Von Berger, President of the NGO Unakids and Mr Marco Honegger, founder of the Watershed Association and co-founder of SEAS, the company which manufactures the machine.  The primary mission of Watershed, founded in Monaco in 2016, is to identify areas of the world where drinking water is scarce. The model presented, the “AWA Modula 25” can produce up to 250 litres of water a day.  The Foundation will be sending this water fountain to Burkina Faso shortly, where it will be made available to the Burkina Faso Red Cross training centre, constructed using the structure of the Monaco Pavilion from the Milan Expo. The practical and technical arrangements are currently being finalised.

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HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco visits Madrid

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco travelled to Madrid on 6th March 2017 within the framework of the first actions implemented by the Foundation’s Spanish branch, created in April 2016.  In the presence of Mrs Carol Portabella, the President of the Foundation’s Spanish branch, the Sovereign visited the Dehesa del Milagro biodynamic farming estate located North of Madrid.

This was followed by an evening event during which guests were introduced to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and made aware of the causes it promotes.

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The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation celebrates the tenth anniversary of its French branch, Salle Gaveau

On 22nd February 2017, a gala event was held at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, under the presidency of HSH the Sovereign Prince, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the French branch of the Prince Albert II Foundation, a branch presided over since 2016 by Annabelle Jaeger, a member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.

A concert featuring Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Miroslav Kultyshev, Hélène Mercier and Ruggero Raimondi was given in the prestigious classical concert hall kindly made available by Mr and Mrs Fournier.

The proceeds from the evening, attended by close to 300 guests, have been donated to the Foundation. 

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