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Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health - 2020

Sting was guest of honour at this fourth edition dedicated to the Ocean, the Earth and Humanity. 
Accompanied by H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco presided over the Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health which took place on Thursday 24 September 2020 with Sting as the guest of honour. 

Sharing the Sovereign Prince's commitment to the preservation of the Planet, Dame Helen Mirren, Kate Beckinsale and Andy Garcia were the Masters of Ceremonies for this 2020 edition. Singer Leona Lewis lit up the stage in the early evening before Sting performed some of the greatest hits of his career.  

Among the celebrities who also walked the blue carpet were actor Johnny Depp, actresses Maisie Williams ("Game of Thrones"), Sienna Miller ("The Loudest Voice" "Wander Darkly"), Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect") and model, actress and activist Naomi Campbell; Alton Mason and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.  

An international icon on the music scene, Sting received the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation's Special Award for his exemplary environmental commitment, notably through the Rainforest Foundation, which he co-founded in 1989.  

"Obviously we wondered about the advisability of holding this event, given the major health concerns and anxieties," said H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. 

"The commitment of all those who are working to preserve our Planet, of all those who support their actions in a determined manner, of your involvement, are all reasons that led us to maintain this evening event. And we have done so because the difficult situation we are going through does not eradicate environmental emergencies, quite the contrary". 
"Our health depends on the health of the environment in which we live (...) That is why, more than ever, we must continue our efforts and actions to protect our planet for future generations". 

The gala auction raised funds for the Foundation's actions in the field, notably to fight climate change, biodiversity loss and access to water. These funds are particularly necessary in a difficult economic context.  

 "For 15 years, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has been supporting projects aimed at restoring the balance between Man and Nature", said Olivier Wenden, Vice-President and Managing Director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. 
"The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed our fragility as a species and gives us a very clear message: our own health is closely linked to the health of the planet".  

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was also proud to join forces this year with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Monegasque Red Cross to support joint humanitarian projects linked to the fight against the global pandemic and climate change.   
With Simon de Pury wielding the gavel there were works by Joan Miró, Roberto Matta and Banksy, fine jewellery and unforgettable experiences on offer which seduced amateurs and collectors alike. Their Serene Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Monaco offered exceptional experiences including the autographed Waterbike with which H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco made the incredible crossing between Calvi and Monaco. 

The Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health was held in accordance with reinforced health protocols: a limited number of guests in order to maintain the necessary distance between the tables during the dinner, cocktails served at the table, each guest was given a mask and hand sanitising gel stations were distributed throughout the site. The health of the guests and all backstage staff was a priority.

Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health - 2020