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24th meeting of the Foundation’s scientific committee

On 2nd March 2018, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco welcomed the members of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Scientific and Technical Committee which convened for its 24th meeting in the Principality.

The meeting focused primarily on the examination of twenty-four new projects concerning Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water, which, following the opinion of the Scientific and Technical Committee and the potential approval of the Board of Directors on 22nd June 2018, may be offered the Foundation’s support.

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Official launch of the candidacy of the « Mediterranean Alps » for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy.

On Friday, 24 February, in Cuneo, the Minister for the Environment Gian Luca Galletti formalised the candidacy of the "Mediterranean Alps", the application file having been lodged with the Unesco Secretariat in Paris by Italy’s Minister a few weeks previously.

Elected representatives of the municipalities concerned (the candidate territory includes 79 municipalities, of which 28 are in Italy), all the Directors of the Italian Parks, the region’s parliamentarians and representatives of France and Monaco were present.

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PlantAhead, a #TrillionTrees against the climate crisis, 9 March 2018


A #TrillionTrees against the climate crisis – that’s our plan and you can help!

Become part of a visionary movement initiated by children! The children and youth of Plant-for-the-Planet invite scientists, company leaders, politicians and celebrities to help us to save their future. On 9 March 2018, you can join and pledge how many trees you will plant during your lifetime. If every person in the world plants 150 trees, we will reach a Trillion Trees. To experience the beauty and cleverness of trees, like the children’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/plantfortheplanet/, be notified and join the event online on 9 March 2018. Give a promise to the children and either plant trees or donate 1 Euro per tree. Together, we can plant a Trillion Trees!

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The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation signed a financial agreement with SMILO on Thursday the 1st of February 2018 in Bonifacio

The Foundation committed to supporting the thematic of waste management in small islands. A financial agreement was signed with SMILO (Small Islands organisation) to provide concrete support for the implementation of good waste management practice in these small islands   

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Launch of the 2018 edition of « Students on Ice »

Created in Canada fifteen years ago, the “Students on Ice” programme offers young students the opportunity to take part in an educational cruise every summer where they come into contact with the realities of the Arctic region and discover how it is evolving.

Over the past 11 years, thanks to a partnership between the Office of National Education, Youth and Sports and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, two students from the sixth form in the Principality are selected each winter to take part in “Students on Ice”.

The 2018 selection process was launched on 2nd February 2018 at the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier in Monaco, in the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince.

Aimed at selecting two new winners, the focus of this year’s contest is “Life without plastic”.

On this occasion, the winners of the 2017 edition, Miss Léa Collange, and Miss Célia Benkerrache, shared their experience whilst Mr Geoff Green, the Founding President of “Students on Ice”, presented the programme for the 2018 mission.

Finally, the Sovereign visited the exhibition entitled “Climate Change in Lapland – what can we do?” accompanied by Stéphanie Lefrère, Curator of the exhibition. The exhibition is located in the hall of the Auditorium at the Lycée technique.

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HSH Prince Albert II takes part in the World Economic Forum in Davos

The World Economic Forum took place in Davos from 23rd to 26th January 2018 and brought together 3000 participants. 70 Heads of State or Government attended, in addition to 38 leaders of international organisations (including the UN, IMF, World Bank, WHO, WTO and ILO).

Presided over by Klaus Schwab, this flagship event for globalisation, now in its 48th annual edition, was opened by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

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3rd Mediterranean Water Forum in Cairo

The 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum took place in Cairo from 22nd to 24th January 2018.

For information, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME) and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) previously organised a regional workshop with a view to launching this 3rd Forum in Monaco on 11th July 2017.

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Monaco, together with Italy, yesterday signed the application for the inclusion of the « the Mediterranean Alps »

On 24 January, the Principality of Monaco, together with Italy, signed the application for the inclusion of the territory known as "the Mediterranean Alps" on the UNESCO World Heritage List. France will complete the tripartite signature on 25 January.

The site which is the subject of the application covers an area of approximately 200,000 hectares.

The candidacy is based on geological values (criterion VIII), and the site’s boundaries, which are part-terrestrial and part-maritime, belong to three States: Italy, Monaco and France.

The Monegasque State is involved by reason of marine access.

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HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Awards the 2018 Prince’s Prize fro Innovative Philanthropy to Douglas WOODRING (Ocean For Recovery Alliance)

Monaco, January 22, 2018 - Mr. Douglas Woodring, Founder and Managing Director of Ocean Recovery Alliance, has been awarded 2018 Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Ocean Recovery Alliance focuses on bringing together new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity, collaboration, and initiatives to help improve the ocean environment.

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Villa Girasole more than halved its power consumption between 2005 and 2017

Villa Girasole, the headquarters of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, saw its power consumption drop from 84 to 34.62 kWh/m2/year between 2005 and 2017, i.e. a reduction of close to 60%. These extremely encouraging results place the old building, erected in 1882, in the high energy efficiency buildings category.

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