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22 June 2021 Press release

Monaco, the UNHCR and Bioforce offer Training for Refugees in Humanitarian Work

De gauche à droite - Gilles Collard - Laurent Anselmi - Paolo Artini ©Direction de la Communication - Manuël Vitali

On Tuesday 22 June 2021, Mr. Laurent Anselmi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Paolo Artini, Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in France and Monaco, and Mr. Gilles Collard, Managing Director of Bioforce, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote access of refugees to humanitarian and development work in West Africa.

The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding follows on from World Refugee Day, which is traditionally celebrated on 20 June, and foreshadows the 70th anniversary of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, signed on 28 July 1951.

Monaco will provide a grant of EUR 600,000 to this project, which is entitled "Partnership to Promote Access for Refugees to Humanitarian and Development Work in West Africa," for the period of 2021-2024.

This aim of this new partnership is to facilitate access to training in humanitarian work for refugees from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region, in particular training courses offered by the Bioforce Africa Training Centre, based in Dakar, Senegal.

The partners hope this initiative will contribute to significantly increasing access to higher education and training for refugees, so as to improve their participation and representation in the decision-making processes that directly affect them.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Prince's Government welcomes this partnership, which is in line with the priorities of its official development assistance policy, the key target of which is the most vulnerable populations.

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