Archive for April, 2007

Prince Albert II of Monaco visits Beijing’s Olympic venues

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Prince Albert II of Monaco, also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), visited the Beijing Olympic venue construction sites yesterday. The Prince said he was deeply impressed by the national stadium known as the “bird’s nest”, which is due to be completed next March. More...He also visited the “water cube”, or the National Aquatic Center, another landmark among the Olympic venues to be completed this October. “China has already contributed a lot to the Olympic movement. I hope this will be not only a very successful games but the one that embodies the spirit,” he said. He said that he would return to Beijing with high expectations for the opening ceremony on August 8 next year. Also the vice president of the IOC Athletes Commission, he praised the planned accommodation for the Olympic athletes after visiting a sample apartment in the Olympic village. Prince Albert II arrived in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon for a four-day state visit. This is his first visit to China after taking office on July 12, 2005.

Monaco’s Prince Albert has paid tribute to his mother Grace Kelly with a visit to a Japanese exhibition devoted to the Hollywood princess.

Friday, April 27th, 2007

The prince attended the show honouring the princess’ remarkable life, which was cut short 25 years ago, during an official visit to Japan this week. ‘High Society’ actress Grace became one of the glamour-era’s most iconic names before marrying Monaco’s Prince Rainier III in 1956 in a true-life fairytale. The silver-screen sweetheart passed away aged 52 in 1982. (more…)

Wen Jiabao Meets with Monaco Head of State Prince Albert II

Friday, April 27th, 2007

On April 25, 2007, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Monaco Head of State Prince Albert II in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai. Wen said China and Monaco had always respected each other and treated each other as equals with bilateral ties deepening continuously despite far distance and large disparities on size, population and social systems. He said currently bilateral ties enjoy a sound basis and broad prospects for development as well. China would like to continue high-level contact with Monaco and expand cooperation in finance, insurance, tourism and environmental protection, so as to promote bilateral ties for the benefit of both peoples, said Wen. Albert II expressed hope that both sides will deepen friendship, expand cooperation and achieve lasting development of bilateral ties. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and other officials attended the meeting. 

President Hu meets Monaco prince Albert II

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Chinese President Hu Jintao met here Tuesday with Monacan Prince Albert II, who is on the first-ever China tour by a Monacan head of state. “The visit would turn over a new chapter for the cooperation between China and Monaco in the new century,” said Hu. (more…)

China’s top legislator meets Monaco prince Albert II

Friday, April 27th, 2007

China and Monaco will step up their cooperation in their complementary fields, said China’s top legislator Wu Bangguo here Wednesday. China is developing its service sector while Monaco has its advantages in finance and tourism and values environmental protection. The two sides can enhance their cooperation to complement their advantages, said Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress. China highly appreciates Monaco’s support in such multi-lateral affairs as 2008 Olympic Games, 2010 Shanghai Expo and the United Nations, Wu told visiting Monaco Prince Albert II. The two countries upgraded their diplomatic relations to ambassadorial level last February, which brought bilateral ties to a new development stage, said Albert II. Albert II extended his welcome for China’s decision to make Monaco on the list of destinations for Chinese tourists. As a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Albert II spoke highly of the preparation of the Beijing Olympics 

Monaco Passport culture 2007

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Feel like spending the summer having fun? With the Pass’Sport Culture, it’s possible. Geared towards youngsters between the ages of 13 and 21, who are either residents of Monaco or go to school there, the Pass’Sport Culture gives them the opportunity to try out around thirty different sports or cultural activities throughout July and August.  

Every week, various dance courses are organised (salsa, oriental dance, Afro-Latin dance, hip-hop, body expression), creative and cultural workshops (photography, making short films, plastic and graphic arts as well as the theatre). For the sportiest among you, this year you will be given the chance to start or to improve a whole range of activities including judo, aikido, fencing, table tennis, beach volley ball and tennis. Another idea: how about an afternoon of mountain biking in La Turbie or a day of water hiking in the back country…? The Pass’Sport Culture is set up by the Department of National Education, Youth and Sports, in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs

Fight Aids Monaco lends its support to the Befelatanana Hospital and the Sisal association, in Antananarivo in Madagascar

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Fight Aids Monaco and the Department for International Cooperation of the Department of External Relations began a collaboration programme in 2006 aimed at strengthening Madagascan capacities to prevent and combat AIDS. (more…)

Official opening of “Villa Speranza-Albert II” by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Created on the initiative of the Monaco Government Department of Social Affairs and Health and the Monegasque Red Cross, supported by the Monaco City Council, the DASS and the Order of Malta, Villa Speranza Albert II is a day centre for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or similar diseases (cognitive behavioral disorders).  

Officially unveiled by H.S.H. Prince Albert II during a ceremony in which the Sovereign Prince paid tribute to Mr. Denis Ravera, Counselor for Social Affairs and Health, who sadly passed away last week, this new 3 storey functional unit housed in a former private mansion in avenue Bel Respiro, meets a public health need within the geriatric and psychiatric areas. Patients who will be accommodated in the Centre from Wednesday 25th April suffer from concentration problems, loss of memory, and loss of intellectual ability and are unable to carry out everyday tasks. The goal of the care centre is also to prevent families with a relative suffering from such disorders from becoming exhausted. The Centre offers such patients hotel services (accommodation, catering) as well as special activities such as memory workshops, music therapy, board games, group workshops, various entertainment and even outings. All patients will receive a tailor-made and individual action plan. Composed of a team of ten staff managed by Doctor Alain Pesce (Head of the Geriatric Unit at the CHPG and Director of the Centre) and Mr. Philippe Migliasso (Health Officer), the centre also has a psychologist, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist. The Centre will be able to accommodate 15 patients a day, preferably for a whole day, from Wednesday 25th April 2007, the official opening date.

H.E. Mr Jacques Boisson hands over letters of credence to Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

On 22nd March 2007 in Paris, H.E. Mr Jacques Boisson, already Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Principality of Monaco to France presented his letters of credence to Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO, in his capacity as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Principality of Monaco to UNESCO.  

For the occasion, H.E. Mr Boisson was accompanied by Mrs Corinne Magali, Assistant to the Permanent Representative. During the meeting which took place in a an excellent climate, the Director General of UNESCO and the Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco expressed their satisfaction regarding existing cooperation and contemplated the reinforcement of such cooperation in areas that are of primary concern to the Prince’s Government, such as humanitarian action and the protection of the environment.

New proposals for the creation of marine protected areas at the Third Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Contracting Parties

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The creation of marine protected areas is one of ACCOBAMS’ contributions towards achieving the 2010 goals. With this in mind, during the Third Meeting of the Contracting Parties which is being held in Dubrovnik from 22nd to 25th October, the Contracting Parties to the Agreement will be called to express their opinion regarding a new proposal to create vast protected areas in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, geared towards certain populations of the most endangered whales and dolphins in the world. (more…)