Representation to international organisations in Paris
International Organisation of La Francophonie
The Principality has been a very active member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie since it was founded in 1970. The Ambassador is the personal representative of H.S.H. the Prince to La Francophonie and the Embassy has a team devoted to this important issue involving a language and values shared by both France and Monaco. The Principality has filled several posts within the organisation, including Vice Chair of the Political Committee in 2011 and Chair of the Administration and Finance Committee since 2013. In addition, the country is one of the organisation’s main donors. This status and dynamism give Monaco very high visibility and make it a nation which is listened to, valued and held in high regard.
The Bureau International des Expositions
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) was established in 1928 by 31 countries. It now has 168 member states. It is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for overseeing and regulating all non-commercial international expositions lasting longer than three weeks. Four main types of exposition are currently organised: universal expositions, international specialised expositions, horticultural expositions and the Triennale di Milano. The BIE’s member states take part in all of the organisation’s decisions and work to continually improve these events year after year. Monaco has been a member of the organisation since 1958. Between 1999 and 2003, Mr Gilles Noghès, Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of Monaco in France, chaired the BIE, having previously been Chair of the Administration and Budget Committee, then Chair of the Executive Committee. The headquarters of the BIE are located in Paris, in the 16th arrondissement.
The European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Eutelsat) was founded in 1977 as an intergovernmental organisation with the aim of improving the European telephone network. Its main activity today involves managing the satellite transmission of TV channels and radio stations. With resources in orbit on 37 satellites, offering coverage across the whole of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Asia and large parts of the American continent, Eutelsat is one of the top three satellite operators in the world in terms of turnover.
Mr Frédéric Labarrère, First Counsellor at the Embassy of Monaco in France, is currently Vice Chair of Eutelsat’s General Assembly
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), established in 1945, has 193 member states. Monaco has been a member since 6 July 1949. H.E. Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti, Ambassador, has been Monaco’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris since 1 January 2010. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to peace building, the elimination of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, science, culture, communication and information.