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December 1, 2009

Visit by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to Washington

During a trip to the United States, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco participated, on 30 November and 1 December, in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signature of the Antarctic Treaty in Washington DC

 Picture : Visit by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to Washington

In His speech, during the opening ceremony for the Antarctic Treaty Summit held at the Smithsonian Institution, the Sovereign Prince emphasized in particular the Antarctic Treaty's exemplary nature as an instrument for managing a particularly sensitive region for the sole benefit of Science. He also highlighted the fundamental role the scientific community should play in conservation of the world environment as a respected independent global moral force.

Later than morning, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution signed a framework partnership agreement defining the terms for cooperation in their common fields of activity and the exchange of knowledge for the purpose of extending their mutual expertise.

In the afternoon of 30 November, the Sovereign Prince spoke to the National Press Club. Recalling that His great-great-grandfather had spoken before this assembly ninety-six years earlier, the Sovereign Prince emphasized in particular the essential role the press can play in raising awareness to environmental problems and the diffusion of scientific knowledge. The Sovereign Prince then answered questions from the press, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation signed another framework partnership agreement with the PEW Environment Group. This cooperation should help provide mutual support for many new projects.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco also went to the headquarters of the National Geographic Society, where He was greeted by its President, John Fahey, and his staff. A meeting was held to set up the basis for cooperation between the Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

At the end of the day, HSH Prince Albert presided over a reception organized with Birdlife International, a partner of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, at the residence of the ambassador of Monaco to the United States. During this event, He was able to talk to many of the personalities present, including Dr Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce and Administrator of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

Finally, the Sovereign Prince attended a soiree organized by the American branch of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

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Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian is an American institution that aims to increase and diffuse knowledge. The vocation of the National Museum of Natural History is to enable the discovery and study of Nature through research and collections, exhibitions and educational programmes. The Smithsonian Institution, through the National Museum of Natural History, is interested in research and teaching on biodiversity, conservation, climate change, renewable energy and cultural diversity.
More information at: http://www.si.edu


Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew, an independent non-profit charity organization, is driven by the power of knowledge to try today to solve the world's most challenging problems. The Pew Environment Group (PEG), a branch of the Pew Charitable Trusts dedicated to environmental conservation, concentrates on three major environmental issues: pollution of the oceans, the disappearance of large wild ecosystems containing much of the world's biodiversity and climate change.
More information at: http://www.pewtrusts.org/

BirdLife International
BirdLife International is a global alliance of several conservation organizations striving to protect birds, their habitats and global biodiversity. They work with local players for the purpose of achieving sustainable use of natural resources.
BirdLife and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation signed a framework partnership agreement last 26 June and are already partners in three projects: conservation of endangered albatross and petrel species in the Indian Ocean, conservation of birds of prey in the circum-Mediterranean region: bearded vulture and Bonelli's eagle, and the Tour du Valat project for a biodiversity index for Mediterranean wetlands.
More information at: www.birdlife.org


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