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Participation of HSH Prince Albert II in the 13th Francophonie Summit in Montreux, Switzerland

HSH le Prince is participating in the 13th Francophonie Summit* at the Convention Centre in Montreux, Switzerland on 23 and 24 October 2010.

This 13th Summit coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Niamey Convention, which created institutional Francophonie. It will be dedicated to the “challenges and visions for the future for La Francophonie”. Its discussions will be structured in the form of plenary meetings, round tables and workshops.

On Saturday 23 October, HSH Prince Albert II will contribute on the second theme of the Summit: “La Francophonie and sustainable development: Francophone solidarity in the face of major challenges.”
This will provide the sovereign with the opportunity to recall that La Francophonie has a key role to play for peace, cultural diversity and sustainable development.
HSH the Prince will also talk about the partnership agreement** signed between the Prince Albert II Foundation and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie** in October 2008, at the 12th Francophonie Summit.

Alongside this Summit, the Sovereign Prince will participate in a working meeting with HE Amadou Toumani-Touré, President of the Republic of Mali. They will discuss in particular the main initiatives conducted by Monegasque Cooperation in the health and education sectors in Mali.

* Monaco joined the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) when it was founded in 1970.

** The Water Initiative, launched in 2008 for the Quebec Summit by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2), supports integrated management of water resources and the fight against desertification.
In 2010, 8 projects were funded in four sub-Saharan African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is an accelerator for environmental projects. It encourages fair sustainable management of natural resources and places Man at the heart of its projects. It supports implementation of ethical innovative solutions in three areas: climate change and renewable energy, biodiversity, water and the fight against desertification.


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