Another week in Monaco was filled with conferences, charity events, new projects, innovations and achievements… And here we put together the most interesting developments of the week.
The prestigious annual Awards for excellence in Hotels, Resorts and Hospitality Management, whose jury met this month near Paris at the Chateau de Ferrieres have just been decided upon… Not surprisingly, The Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group with its flagship world-class hotels was the favourite to win the Best Hotel Group in Europe award – and it did, with flying colours.
A continuing challenge for Monaco is the high number of visitors to the Principality who need to move around from attraction to attraction without creating pollution and without clogging the streets. The Principality has set itself an ambitious goal – how to go from the Exotic Garden to Palace Square in the space of five minutes, without using a car or public transport. And unlike Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic’s flight into space Monaco will do it cleanly.
For Jessica Sbaraglia, founder of «Terre de Monaco», nothing is impossible! This motivated young athlete joins a long list of entrepreneurial Monegasque women. She wanted to create something that Monaco hasn’t seen for centuries—urban agriculture. And with the help of local businesses and a crowd-funding campaign, and the blessing of Prince Albert II, Jessica inaugurated her organic enterprise in 2016. Since then, it has blossomed into productive «micro farms», bringing Monegasque-grown food to the market!
Their campaign is called #MYWORLDCLASS. It’s a social movement which calls everyone to think about their way of life, social circle, health, and physical condition and, most importantly, the world that surrounds them.
Since 1993, Star Team for the Children Monaco has organised numerous sporting events to raise funds for associations helping children around the world. Recently, at the Domaine de Barbossi in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, the 14th World Star Charity Golf Tournament took place.
At the invitation of the Italian Government, which this year is chairing the Mediterranean Contact Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a Monegasque delegation, headed by H.E. Ms Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the OSCE, and comprised of Ms. Marie-Noëlle Albertini, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Mr. Lorenzo Ravano, First Counsellor at the Embassy of Monaco in Berlin, took part in the OSCE’s Mediterranean Conference in Palermo on 24 and 25 October 2017, on the theme of “Mass Displacement of Migrants and Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities.”
H.E. Mr. Robert Fillon, Ambassador of Monaco to Italy and Ms. Anne Eastwood, High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, Liberties and for Mediation, took part in the launch ceremony and first meeting of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, held by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 26 October 2017 in Rome.
Volleyball: Victory for AS Monaco Girls
Last week, the Monaco girls volleyball team beat Toulon. Toulon’s number 9 player and captain, Kociova, played a great offensive game. But Monaco’s defence was even better. The first set ended with a score of 25 to 22. At the start of the second set, Monaco played excellently and Toulon remained solid until the end of the last round before half-time (22-25). Motivated by Philippe Mora, who could barely stand on the sidelines, the team managed to score several points during the last part of the match (25-21). The Monegasque team and their coach were overjoyed with the result.
The First Princes’ Cup Regatta
The first Princes’ Cup, sponsored by Prince Albert II and the Duke of York will take place on Wednesday 8 November, at the Port Hercules. The regatta will have four teams competing and each team will have an internationally renowned sports celebrity as their Captain. The regatta will become a recurring event which will take place either in the Principality or in Great Britain. Outward Bound Monaco, Prince Albert II and the Duke of York will present the “four-handed cup” to the winners.
Martial Arts: Monaco becomes World Champions of Krav-Maga
Monegasques Julien Quilico and Wilfried Pan won the world championship title in the Krav-Maga Open category (5-0 in the final), as well as silver in the Seniors category. The first world Krav-Maga championships took place in Israel, with fourteen participating countries. Krav-Maga is a military self-defence system developed for the Israel Defence Forces. Competitions are between two teams, each composed of two people. Each team, in turn, presents technical demonstrations of Krav-Maga, which may include weapons. Winners are decided upon by a panel of judges. Claude Pouget, president of the Monegasque Krav-Maga Federation, said he was very honoured to have coached for the event and very proud of the new world champions.