Monaco's international priorities, as set out by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, revolve around two main themes: the promotion of sustainable development and the protection of human rights.
Monaco's commitment to sustainable development is reflected in Prince Albert II's actions and with the creation of the Prince Albert II Foundation.
It is also reflected in His government, through its Department for International Cooperation which aims to put in place high impact local sustainable projects.
Respect for human rights is the second main international priority. In that regard, the Principality of Monaco plays an active role in the promotion of the rights of the child.
Another aspect of human rights defended by the Principality is the fight against HIV/AIDS which very often strips all the dignity of the sick. H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie was nominated Good Will Ambassador for the UNAIDS Program, in which Monaco is currently a member of the coordinating committee.
More broadly, Monaco, through its heritage, is also involved in matters relating to the oceans and the law of the sea (Scientific, environmental and legal). Monaco is the host to the International Hydrographic Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) marine laboratory which is in charge of studying ocean currents.
As a full member of the United Nations and the Council of Europe, the Principality of Monaco also participates in the activities of these organizations which range from development and poverty alleviation to international peacekeeping.