SATE OF NEW YORK, city of New York (27 September 2007) — The UN Foundation announced today that the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation will join its efforts to rally political forces in support of a comprehensive agreement to combat catastrophic climate change. The Prince's Foundation will support Global Leadership for Climate Action (GLCA) – a partnership between the Club de Madrid and the UN Foundation – and other UN Foundation initiatives in the field of global warming. The announcement was made by the Chairman of the UN Foundation, Mr Ted Turner, and Prince Albert II of Monaco during the Clinton Global Initiative.
"Our future, humanity's future, depends on how quickly and well we change our thinking on climate change," declared Mr Ted Turner, Chairman of the United Nations Foundation and founding member of GLCA. "The clock is ticking, and it is time for governments and leaders in the business and philanthropic communities to get to work. His Highness, in all of his various roles, understands what is at stake and His efforts to make Monaco a cutting-edge example of dealing with climate change should be a role model for us all. We are glad to be working with You."
GLCA recently published a series of 11 recommendations in Berlin, with a view to forthcoming negotiations. The aim is to bring world carbon emissions to 60% below 1990 levels by the year 2050. This would restrict global warming to 2 or 2.5° Celsius. GLCA's recommendations pointed out that global warming constitutes a fabulous opportunity to speed up the development of low-cost low-carbon technologies that will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth. GLCA also recommends harnessing public and private funding to support adaptation measures, avoid deforestation and deploy clean energies in developing countries.
"I am pleased to be part of this important and innovative endeavour to halt global warming,' declared Prince Albert II of Monaco, Founder and President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. "As a Head of State, I will personally devote time and energy to rallying funding and political will on an international scale to address the environmental challenges facing our planet and to safeguard the future of mankind. There is too much at stake for us not to do everything within our power. The partnership with the UN Foundation, and collaboration with Global Leadership for Climate Action, will allow us to benefit from the experience of other leaders and to share our experience in developing innovative approaches in Monaco."
GLCA is co-chaired by Ricardo Lagos, President of the Club de Madrid and United Nations Special Envoy, and Timothy E. Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation. Further information, including the full list of GLCA members, is available on www.globalclimateaction.com.
About the United Nations Foundation
The UN Foundation was created in 1998 thanks to a historical donation of one billion dollars from entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner to support the causes and the activities of the United Nations. The UN Foundation builds and implements public-private partnerships that address the most pressing international problems. It also acts to broaden support of the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. The UN Foundation is a public charity. For further information, visit www.unfoundation.org.
About the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, created in June 2006, focuses on global warming, biodiversity, access to water, and desertification. Its work concentrates on three priority geographical zones: the Mediterranean Basin, the Poles, and countries most vulnerable to climate change. Its role consists in influencing states, international institutions and opinion leaders to accelerate awareness and decisions in favour of the planet's resources. Further information is available on www.fpa2.mc.