At the head of a Monegasque delegation composed of representatives of the Prince’s Government and the Monegasque Red Cross, HSH the Sovereign Prince on Monday attended the opening ceremony of the XXXIII International Conference of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent, which is currently being held in Geneva until December 12, 2019.

This quadrennial conference brings together the entire Red Cross Movement (national societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross -CICR- and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – IFRC-) as well as the State Parties to the Geneva Conventions, 70 years of which are celebrated this year.

The theme is “Acting today to shape the world of tomorrow”, in order to reflect and make decisions on major humanitarian issues.

At the opening ceremony, HE Mr. Carole Lanteri, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Monaco to the United Nations Office in Geneva, was elected Chairperson of the Commission entitled “IHL as an instrument for the protection of persons in armed conflicts “. Her election, a first for Monaco, is a sign of confidence of the Red Cross movement as a whole with regard to the Principality and recognition for its commitment to strengthening respect for international humanitarian law.

HSH the Sovereign Prince inaugurated, in the presence of Mr. Frédéric Platini, Secretary General of the Monegasque Red Cross, the stand operated jointly by the Monegasque Red Cross and the Burkina Faso Red Cross, presenting the transformation process of the Monaco Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Milan (2015). Entirely dismantled and reassembled at the site of Loumbila, near Ouagadougou, the building now serves as a multipurpose training centre for the benefit of the Burkinabe Red Cross.

Sovereign Prince leads Monaco delegation at International Conference of the Red Cross and Red CrescentOn the sidelines of the event, HSH Prince Albert visited the new premises of the IFRC, which is celebrating the centenary of its creation, and met with the President of the Federation, Mr Francesco Rocca and with his Secretary-General, Mr Elhadj As Sy.