Monaco convenes the Group of Friends on drowning prevention in New York

On Wednesday 27th March, the Permanent Mission of Monaco in New York, convened the Group of Friends on drowning prevention within its premises. Various high-level officials took part in the discussions including Mrs Gemma May, head of the “Royal National Lifeboat Institution” (RNLI), a British NGO, Doctors Werner Obermeyer from WHO New York and Raoul Bermejo from UNICEF, as well as the representative of Thailand who presented the substantial progress reported following the mobilisation of its authorities.

In her welcome address, H.E. Mrs Isabelle Picco, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations, reiterated the importance, from a very early age, of learning how to swim and mentioned the partnership between the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and the RNLI.

Discussions between the 40 delegations in attendance resulted in the identification of concrete measures to gain a better understanding of this “silent killer” responsible for over 360,000 deaths a year. Consequently, the delegations were invited to address this issue at the Executive Board of UNICEF, at the Executive Board of WHO, at WHO’s World Health Assembly next May, as well as at the high-level political forum and the high-level meeting on universal health coverage which will be held at the UN in September.