Monaco is leading by example at the forefront of battling catastrophic climate change, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on the occasion of 30 years of Monaco at the United Nations.

“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the Principality of Monaco and its people on 30 years of active and effective membership of the United Nations.

“Since joining the Organization on 28 May 1993, Monaco has proven itself to be a reliable partner of the United Nations. It has earned a distinctive place on the world stage as a steadfast supporter for multilateralism and a leader on women’s and children’s rights, education and culture and sustainable development.

“Against the backdrop of growing geopolitical tensions and political divisions Monaco’s long-standing tradition of peace coupled with its unequivocal adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, continues to drive its multi-faceted engagement,” she said.

“Under the leadership of His Highness Prince Albert II, Monaco has been leading by example.  It is at the forefront of the international community’s efforts to fight climate change and raise awareness of its catastrophic impact.  Since its creation in 2006, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has supported over 700 projects related to climate change, water and biodiversity.”

Looking to the future, she added: “And we look forward to Monaco’s continued support and to deepening our cooperation in advance of the SDG [Sustainable Development Goal] Summit in September as we work towards peace, security and prosperity for all.”

HSH Prince Albert, speaking in the General Assembly hall, said: “Monaco, through its secular dynasty, through its situation as a small state between two great cultures, has always been a country that loves peace and progress… my father’s ambition, which is also what inspires me, was to contribute to the orientations necessary for building a sustainable future.The three decades that have passed have not ceased to confirm the central role that the United Nations plays in defending the values without which our common efforts would be doomed to failure. This emblematic hall of the General Assembly carries the hope of a better future for the future generations of all our states”.

HE Mme Isabelle Picco, Monaco’s Ambassador to the United Nations, later hosted a celebration party for 500 guests at which the Band of the Prince’s Carabiniers provided a musical backdrop.

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