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On September 21st, the General Assembly adopted the Commemorative Declaration on the 75th anniversary of the Organization. The theme of the high-level meeting was “The Future We Want, The United Nations We Need: Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism”.

Like the other heads of delegation, H.S.H. Prince Albert II took part in this important event through a pre-recorded message. He insisted on the importance of multilateralism, the protection of the most vulnerable and the inclusion of youth in reconstruction policies, because in the face of a crisis such as COVID-19 "our unity is a necessity" (the full speech is available at: https://estatements.unmeetings.org/estatements/10.0010/20200924/D2gMNUFTawVH/NqUKtsDhRoo5_fr.pdf ).

The general debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly took place from 22 to 29 September 2020. 173 Heads of State and Government shared their message through pre-recorded videos. Strict health measures limited the presence in the building to one person by delegation and made wearing a mask mandatory.

H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince's Speech, introduced by the Permanent Representative from the bench of the Monegasque delegation, was focused on solidarity, the protection of our ecosystems and sustainable development.

In addition to the general debate, three meetings took place during the high-level weeks:

On September 30th, the first Biodiversity Summit was convened by the President of the General Assembly. The event demonstrated the ambition and commitment of Member States to accelerate action on biodiversity for sustainable development, and highlighted the links between biodiversity, societies and economies. H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince added his virtual voice to the many interventions, advocating for the protection of our ecosystems, essential to our future and the future of our planet.

On the sidelines of the Summit, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince participated in the event "Leaders pledge for nature", during which 76 heads of state and government as well as the European Union sent a signal of unity to strengthen the global ambition for nature, climate and people in the face of the current crisis. The commitment document is available here: https://www.leaderspledgefornature.org/  

The meeting to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was held on October 1st. The event aimed to showcase concrete actions, plans and commitments to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by 2030 (SDG 5). Ms. Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of the Department of External Relations and Cooperation participated in the event virtually, through a pre-recorded statement that underlined the national progress and international commitments of the Principality of Monaco towards women.

Finally, the annual high-level meeting on the total elimination of nuclear weapons took place on October 2nd. Aiming at resuming dialogue and negotiations on nuclear arms control and disarmament, the meeting underscored the need for a renewed commitment to the establishment of lasting peace and security for all.

The Permanent Mission also participated in more than a dozen virtual side events, on the themes of: “youth for the climate”, “food waste”, “promote and protect human rights”, “the humanitarian impact of the combination of conflict, climate and environmental risks", "climate action", "financing for development in the era of COVID-19 and beyond", "climate-ocean: impacts on food security and ocean economies ”,“ climate change ”,“ biodiversity: the role of the ocean ”,“ the death penalty and gender ”,“ human rights violations committed by the Syrian regime ” and "COVID-19 Tool Access Accelerator (ACT-A), Accelerating the End of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Adopting New Solutions at Scale to Save Lives, Protect Health Systems and Restart the Mondial economy".

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