HSH Prince Albert II sails on board the Energy Observer, accompanied by Bertrand Piccard
The Energy Observer lay at dock in the Principality of Monaco from 14 to 21 December, after travelling more than 4,000 nautical miles. The first hydrogen-powered, self-sufficient energy vessel, with zero greenhouse gas emissions or particulates, received onboard HSH Prince Albert II and Bertrand Piccard, President of the Solar Impulse Foundation.
Energy Observer ends its Tour of France with a stopover in Monaco.
In all, the Energy Observer travelled over 4,000 nautical miles before completing its Tour of France in Monaco. Having arrived on Wednesday 13 December at Quai Antoine 1er, the first self-sufficient, hydrogen-powered vessel with zero greenhouse gas or fine particle emissions will welcome the public at its exhibition village until 21 December 2017.
The fact that Monaco was chosen for this stopover reflects the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s commitment to innovative projects such as Planet Solar, the Formula E championships and Solar Impulse. For one week, the Energy Observer's team will take advantage of this last stopover to meet local stakeholders with outstanding initiatives, whilst at the same time preparing the next part of the Odyssey for the Future in the Mediterranean, and working on the first technological optimisations of the vessel.
The Ocean Tribute Award launched by the Foundation, the German Ocean Foundation and Boot Düsseldorf.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the German Ocean Foundation and the international boat show, Boot Düsseldorf which will be held this year from 20th to 28th January 2018, are launching the Ocean Tribute Award.
The award will honour various projects selected in three areas: Society, Industry and Science.
At the launch of the award, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who took part in the Ocean Symposium last year during Boot Düsseldorf, stated “Today the marine environment is deeply threatened. At the core of this Award is the importance of mobilising as many people as possible around this cause and drawing the attention of our contemporaries to such a necessity which should bring us all together. ( ) I was keen for my Foundation to be involved in this commendable project.”
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has signed a funding agreement with the China Environmental Protection Foundation.
On 8th November 2017, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation signed a funding agreement with the China Environmental Protection Foundation.
The document was signed by HE Mr Bernard Fautrier Vice-President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Mr Fu Wenjuan, President of the China Environmental Protection Foundation.
Screening of the documentary
A premiere screening of Christine Oberdorff’s documentary “Le Prince et la mer” for Ushuaia TV took place on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II.
A high-level scientific symposium organised by the University of Tel Aviv
A scientific symposium on innovation and the environment organised by the University of Tel Aviv, in partnership with the Foundation, is being held at the Hotel Hermitage on 4th December 2017.
A high-level scientific symposium organised by the University of Tel Aviv, in cooperation with the Foundation, entitled “Innovative solutions to environmental challenges in a changing world” is taking place at the Hotel Hermitage on 4th December in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II.
Three panels will be devoted to biodiversity, clean mobility and ecology.
During this symposium, HE Mr Bernard Fautrier will deliver a presentation on clean mobility.
Summer Dream cheque in support of the Foundation
The “Summer Dream” evening events started in 2011, with the aim of bringing together, for the evening, talented personalities who sympathise with the environmental causes that the Foundation defends. This year saw the Serbian violin virtuoso Nemanja Radulovic, winner of the 2014 Victoires de la Musique competition, delighting all lovers of music and the Arts with his “Double Sens” ensemble, performing in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II on 18 July.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco participates in COP23 in Bonn
The United Nations held their 23rd Climate Conference, COP23, in Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 17 November. An opportunity for the international community to take stock of the Paris Agreement, made on 12 December 2015, and to reiterate the urgent need for action to limit global warming
Un chèque remis par le CREM à la Fondation
Un dîner organisé par le CREM, le Club des Résidents Etrangers de Monaco s’est tenu, le 3 novembre dernier, dans les locaux du CREM, en présence de SAS le Prince Albert II de Monaco, au profit de la Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco.
Un chèque de 51 000 euros a été remis le 17 novembre 2017, à la Fondation, en son siège, Villa Girasole, par Mme Louisette Levy-Soussan, Présidente du CREM.
H.E. Bernard Fautrier attends a conference in Moscow organised by the Russian Geographical Society
H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, travelled to Moscow on 9th November 2017 to take part in a conference organised by the Russian Geographical Society with which the Foundation signed a partnership agreement in October 2016.
Mr Bernard Fautrier spoke about the protection of marine species in the Mediterranean, focusing his presentation on the development of Marine Protected Areas and the conservation of endangered species.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in Geneva for a conference on climate change
On 7th November 2017, the Diplomatic Club of Geneva welcomed HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to a conference entitled “Fighting climate change: everyone’s concern”, at the Maison de la Paix.
The event was organised in conjunction with the Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement (IHEID), with the support of the members of the Society of the Legion of Honour (Swiss section).
Artificial reefs, created using a 3D printer, submerged in the Larvotto marine protected area
Six 3D-printed reefs, made from natural products (Dolomite sand and volcanic ash) and weighing 2,500 kg each, will be submerged in the Larvotto marine protected area in Monaco on 31 October. This is a "first" in the Mediterranean and in the world in terms of the size of the printed reefs.
This innovative project is led by the Boskalis Company and the ECOMERS laboratory (Nice University, CNRS - France's National Centre for Scientific Research) with support from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and in partnership with the Monegasque Association for Nature Protection (AMPN), which manages Monaco's marine protected areas.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco receives the
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco was the recipient of the prestigious ‘Lowell Thomas Award 2017’ on 28 October 2017. This honour was conferred upon him by the Explorers Club.
Founded in 1904, the Explorers Club is an American geographical society whose head office is in New York. Its aim is to encourage scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space, alongside research and education.
In 1921, Prince Albert I was made an Honorary Member of this Club. This privilege has now passed to Prince Albert II of Monaco, who has been further honoured with this Award.
The awards ceremony was preceded by a symposium entitled “The Changing Face of the Arctic” at which 2017’s other award winners – Dr Donn Haglund, Dr Martin T Nweeia and Dr Konrad Steffen – had the opportunity to give presentations of their respective research.
Meeting between the AGOA and Pelagos Sanctuaries in Martinique
As part of the Monaco Explorations, the vessel Yersin, involved in undertaking missions for scientific and mediation purposes, made a port of call in the French West Indies on 26th and 27th October 2017.
On this occasion, the Monegasque section of the Pelagos Agreement, through the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, launched a joint venture between the Pelagos Sanctuary and the AGOA Sanctuary in the French West Indies, both of which are dedicated to the protection of marine mammals.
UPAW hands over a cheque to the Foundation
On 19th October 2017, UPAW presented a cheque amounting to 20,080 Euros to H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Vice President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
On 15th and 16th July 2017, Monaco played host for the first time ever to some of the world’s most prestigious artists in urban art on the Quai Albert I esplanade. The theme chosen was ocean protection.
Le Yacht Club de Monaco s’engage aux côtés de la Fondation avec Mr Goodfish
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has been committed to protecting endangered marine species (including the Mediterranean blue fin tuna) since it was first established. Since 2013 it has been the regional coordinator for the South East region of France for the “Mr Goodfish” campaign to promote the responsible consumption of seafood products. [...] The Monaco Yacht Club and its chef Christian Plumail have decided to become involved alongside the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in order to promote the responsible consumption of seafood products, by becoming a partner of the Mr Goodfish programme.
HRH The Prince of Wales is one of the key players in the fight against global warming. In 2007, he set up the Prince’s Rainforests Project, which aims to find solutions to slow down deforestation and, since 2010 he has headed a think tank on sustainable development.
This short introduction to climate change explains in simple terms the mechanisms involved and their consequences for the planet.
HSH Prince Albert of Monaco wished to support this book and wrote the foreword.
Sweden and Monaco join forces for ocean protection and sustainable shipping
In the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, the representatives of Sweden in France and Monaco together with their Monegasque counterparts are organising a high level event on 12th and 13th October 2017 devoted to ocean protection and sustainable shipping.
« What place does wildlife have in today’s society? » was the title of the Forum organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, on 12 and 13 October 2017
The Foundation promotes responsible practices and concrete solutions for the sustainable development of our society. Through engaging primarily with populations and government authorities, it supports innovative initiatives in favour of the preservation of biodiversity and the recognition of the impact of human activities on the natural environment.
As part of this process of promotion and support of outstanding initiatives, the Foundation organised a conference, on 12 and 13 October, devoted to the study of the "great world of wildlife" in territorial management.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco present at Forum 2000 in Prague
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco went to Prague on 8 October 2017, to take part in the 21st edition of Forum 2000. Forum 2000 was co-founded in 1996 by the Czech President Valcav Havel, the Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa, and the writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel.
The main purpose of Forum 2000 conferences is to provide an international discussion platform on different issues and in particular that of democracy, in order to improve international dialogue.
The Foundation attends the Our Ocean conference in Malta
Organised by the European Union, Our Ocean 2017 was held in Malta on 5th and 6th October 2017. This event, initiated by John Kerry, is aimed at inspiring and enhancing a new generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and scientists, as well as civil society, in order to identify solutions and take action to promote a sustainably managed ocean. “The fact that “Our Ocean” is taking place in Malta is a source of great satisfaction for me. It is meaningful recognition for the efforts of the European Union as a whole to help instigate international cooperation in regard to the ocean issue”, we were told by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner, in charge of environment, maritime affairs and fisheries.
Launch of the coral reef life declaration by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
St Julian, Malta 5 October, 2017. On the opening day of the Our Ocean conference today, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was joined by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, and by the Heads of State and Government, Ministers and High Level representatives of 12 countries signatory to the CORAL REEF LIFE DECLARATION, a joint statement facilitated by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
Both the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s 2017 Award Ceremony and the Board of Directors meeting have been held in Montreal
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation teams met this year in Montreal where a fund-raising event was organised on 29 September 2017 by the Canadian branch, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Board of Directors and the Presidents of foreign branches.