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HSH Prince Albert II at the XIIth Francophone Summit

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco was in Québec from 17 to 19 October 2008

 Picture : HSH Prince Albert II at the XIIth Francophone Summit

On His arrival, the Sovereign Prince attended the launch of the Canadian branch of His Foundation at the National Assembly of Québec, in the presence of Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks. On this occasion, the Foundation signed an agreement with the government of Quebec for a partnership bearing on two projects: the first involving creation of an Atlas of ‘hotspots' for biodiversity in Northern Quebec; the second entailing the support of an initiative for an awareness campaign on environmental protection targeting several countries in the North and South.

In the late afternoon, there was the opening ceremony for the XIIth Francophone Summit.

In the evening, a dinner was offered by the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and Ms Laureen Teskey Harper, at the Manoir Montmorency.

On Saturday 18 October, HSH the Prince spoke in the context of a round table on the environment. He emphasized: “It is by closely combining energy and talent and gathering peoples and States around common causes that we will be able to trigger a revolution in practices and mentalities, the only way we can hope to save our planet. To this end, the Principality of Monaco intends to play a federative part, in particular by hosting international meetings, at both the State level and that of civil society.” He then added: “If we succeed in progressing by bringing together developed countries faced with the contradictions of consumerism and Southern countries confronted with those of development, then everything will become possible.”

He concluded his speech by stating: “More than ever, La Francophonie must continue sending the world a message of responsibility, solidarity and hope: hope for more harmonious globalization that is fairer and more respectful of common goods and values that make for the greatness of life on Earth and its very possibility.”

At the end of the afternoon, another partnership was signed with the International Organization of La Francophonie in the presence of its Secretary General, His Excellency Abdou Diouf. This programme involves water conservation in four sub-Saharan African countries: Senegal, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

In conclusion, Prince Albert declared: “More than ever, in a world shaken by serious crises, solidarity must be at the heart of all our actions.”

The day ended with a dinner offered by the Prime Minister of Québec, Jean Charest and his wife, Michèle Dionne, at the Château Frontenac.

Before returning to the Principality, on Sunday 19 October, the Sovereign Prince participated in a breakfast offered by the Prime Minister of New Brunswick.

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