Signature of cooperation agreement between Monaco, UNDP and UNRWA

14 Jan 2011

 Under the patronage and in the presence of HRH  Prince Albert of Monaco, UNDP cordially invites you to attend a signing ceremony for the cooperation agreement between Monaco and UNDP in the framework of ART GOLD project, and between Monaco and UNRWA. The ceremony is taking place this Friday, 14 Jan 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the UN House, Riad Solh Square, Plenary Hall, B1 Level. The opening speech will begin with Mr. Shombi Sharp, UNDP Officer in Charge, followed by statements of Mr. Salvatore Lombardo, Director of UNRWA Affairs Lebanon, Mr. Nabil El-Jisr, CDR President and HRH Prince Albert. Also a short display of Monaco’s main contributions in Lebanon in the framework of UNDP ART GOLD project will be presented.

In addition to the delegation accompanying the Prince, participants will include H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ali Chami, selected Ambassadors of Italy, Belgium, Spain and Palestine, UN Heads of Agencies, and Government and Civil Society representatives.
This agreement falls within Monaco’s financial support to the Lebanese people through UNDP-ART GOLD Lebanon, to help achieve local economic development in the most disadvantaged Lebanese regions, characterized by high poverty rates and raging socioeconomic problems. The partnership between UNDP-ART GOLD Lebanon and Monaco dates back to 2008. Since then, a number of Monaco-funded projects have been implemented in south and north Lebanon, the Bekaa region and Beirut Southern Suburbs. These projects, which cut across the health and educational sectors, have been identified by the working groups, established by UNDP-ART GOLD.

Additionally, this agreement emphasizes Monaco’s commitment to improve the living socio-economic conditions particularly for women, youth and other disadvantages groups. Monaco’s contribution to UNDP-ART GOLD Lebanon is for three consecutive years starting 2011 to implement development activities in Beirut Southern Suburbs.

The three year project to be funded by the Principality of Monaco seeks to create a lasting change in the quality of cardiovascular services provided by UNRWA to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Over the course of three years, specialized experts will be providing improved diagnosis and treatment for Palestinian patients with cardiovascular diseases, especially as they undergo intensive training and are provided with advanced equipment. Eventually, this will help alleviate the number of Palestinian patients with cardiovascular disease, who are forced to cover the cost for their diagnosis and treatment at their own expense.