Born out of a desire to raise awareness about environmental preservation, the Monaco Better World Forum (MBWF) is a global platform that is attempting to reshape people’s perspectives on sustainability through thought-provoking films, engaging press conferences and dazzling galas. Founded by world-class producer and philanthropist Manuel De La Roche in 2015, MBWF is most notably supported by the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, as well as a whole host of other significant figures such as Sharon Stone, Forest Whitaker and Mary J. Blige. eniGma’s Farida El Sayed met with MBWF board member Helga Piaget to find out more about the organisation’s incredible work.

As an avid supporter of the preservation of water resources, German-born Helga Piaget sits on the Monaco Better World Forum board, directly contributing to the organisation’s invaluable work on raising awareness about environmental issues in Egypt.

Along with her tireless work within MBWF, Piaget is also the founder of Passion Sea, an organisation that seeks to educate children about the importance of water through creative means.

Since water is becoming a major security issue for Egypt, Piaget is using her extensive knowledge on the subject to shed some light on the importance of this precious resource and the conservation efforts that should be pursued. She affirms that, “Water is the most important thing in the world for all living species. When it takes 2,000 liters of fresh water to make a cotton t-shirt, we need to rethink our water usage.”

To change people’s attitudes towards water preservation, Piaget asserts, “Respect is integral,” adding, “The moment you respect yourself, you will respect other people and in turn, you will respect nature. If we can get this respect back into our society, we will already have taken a huge step forward.” Through spreading this message in a proactive manner, Piaget hopes that Egypt will be able to avoid an impending water crisis that threatens the livelihood of communities all around the country.

In order to demonstrate their commitment to developing respect for nature within Egypt, MBWF recently held a press conference and dinner, which featured captivating talks from distinguished guests, including Her Excellency Dr. Yasmine Abdel Aziz, Minister of Environment, Her Excellency Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, and Her Excellency Nabila Makram, Minister of Immigration & Egyptian Expatriates Affairs. In addition to the talks, the evening included a series of short films on female empowerment in Egypt, demonstrating the institution’s belief that environmental policies are instrisically linked to supporting the rights of women.

The press conference marks just one step within MBWF’s grand plans for Egypt, foreshadowing the two-day event the organisation is scheduled to hold in November. Organised by MBWF in partnership with the Chambers of Ecology and Renewable Energies of Monaco, the November event will include a Water & Ocean Impact Day gala as well as various conferences and discussions with influential politicians, artists and thought leaders.

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