Over more than a century, a number of international bodies have established their headquarters in Monaco. Below is an overview of that history.
The Principality’s international commitment dates back to the early twentieth century when Prince Albert I founded the International Institute for Peace, an early forerunner of the United Nations, in Monaco in 1903, and contributed to the creation of Interpol.
At his behest, two international institutions for the ocean then set up their headquarters in Monaco. Established in 1919 to promote international research in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM) was one of the very first international organisations devoted to maritime issues. Today chaired by Prince Albert II, it has 23 member states.