An agreement signed between the Foundation and CNRS
On the occasion of a visit by HSH Prince Albert II to the Observatoire Océanologique in Villefranche-sur-Mer on 21st June 2017, an agreement was signed between the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and CNRS, acting both in its own name and on behalf of the Observatoire Océanologique of Villefranche-sur-Mer. The purpose of the agreement is the provision of funding by the Foundation with a view to implementing a project to put into place six Bioargo PH floats: BGC-Argo-pH.
A visit to the vultures in the Mercantour
On Monday 19th June, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco travelled to the Mercantour, to observe a baby vulture which hatched a few months ago in the cliff hollows on the slopes of the Col de la Bonette. The Sovereign was able to see the young vulture on the rim of its nest, where one of its parents was bringing it food. The newly installed parents consist of a female called Bellemotte which was released into the Vercors in 2012 and a male which has not yet been given a name.
Launch of the Flowers for Bees campaign-19/06/2017
On 19th June 2017 the campaign entitled “Flowers for Bees” (Fleurs pour les Abeilles) was launched by the Observatoire Français d’Apidologie. Established in the Var, amid the Sainte Baume Mountains, the observatory promotes the restocking of bees and aims to strengthen pollination in order to maintain agricultural production.
The Sovereign attends the Berlin Formula E race
On 10th June 2017, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco travelled to Berlin to attend the Formula E race, an event he has supported with his Foundation since it was first introduced. On this occasion, a conference on clean mobility, “Future of Mobility” was organised.
New Vulture release in Corsica
Children from Niolu School christened them Ercu and Luna. Two young vultures aged just three months old were released on 3rd June 2017 into the Corsican mountains of Niolu Valley. One of the birds of prey comes from Andalusia and the other from the Czech Republic. A similar event took place last year when a pair of vultures were released in the same spot.
The Monte Carlo Bay makes a commitment alongside the Foundation with Mr Goodfish
After the Vistamar at the Hotel Hermitage and the Thermes Marins Monte Carlo, a new hotel belonging to the Monte Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group, the Monte Carlo Bay, is making a commitment alongside the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to promote responsible consumption of seafood products, with the Blu Bay restaurant now a partner of the Mr Goodfish programme.
On 2nd June 2017, Michelin starred chef Marcel Ravin from the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel chose to join the Mr Goodfish programme. H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Vice President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Mr Frédéric Darnet, Director of the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel, have consequently signed a partnership agreement with Mr Goodfish.
The Electric Marathon arrives in Monaco
On 1st June 2017, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco was present in the Palace Square in Monaco to celebrate the arrival of the participants of the Electric Marathon, a rally for electric and hybrid vehicles starting in Copenhagen and finishing in Monaco which took place from 24th May to 1st June. Organised by Electric Marathon International headed by Mr Andriy Bilyy, in partnership with the European Green Cities Network, the race, which was created in 2011 is supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and had as its ambassador the racing driver Stéphane Sarrazin.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco attends the Forum on Energy Security for the Future
On 2nd June 2017 HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco opened the forum on Energy Security for the Future at the Monaco Yacht Club. Held for the second year running in Monaco, the aim of this forum is to promote improved energy security and the implementation of clean and consistent energy sources.
The Foundation supports the Aqua Film Festival
For the second year running, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is supporting the Aqua Film Festival, the international short film festival focused on water. The event is taking place from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2017 in Portoferraio on the island of Elba. Created by Eleonora Vallone, an actress and journalist, this film contest will revolve around three themes: fresh water, sea water and spring water.
Screening of new documentary, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power"
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Capricorn Investment and Participant Media hosted a screening of ”An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” on 24th May 2017 at the Hotel Hermitage, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The Prince Albert II Foundation is honoured with a "Crystal compass" award
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was honoured on the occasion of the fifth edition of the Crystal Compass national award ceremony which took place in Sochi, under the auspices of the Russian Geographical Society. Every year, the Crystal Compass competition distinguishes project initiatives in the fields of geography, ecology and culture, reaching an international audience.
Formula E Grand Prix Monaco
Devoted to 100% electric-powered racing cars, the Formula E Grand Prix, of which the Prince Albert II of Monaco has been one of the official partners since it was first launched in September 2014, took place in Monaco on Saturday 13th May 2017. This initiative which is based on three main values: energy, environment and enjoyment, is a reflection of future mobility in the motor sport sector. As in the previous edition, the races took place on a section of the legendary Formula 1 circuit, along the roads of the Principality. Covering a total distance of 2km, the Formula E used the same starting and finishing points as the Formula 1. Sebastian Buemi won the 2017 edition like he did at the first edition in 2015 driving a Renault E.dams.
Botanical hikes in the heart of the Maritime Alps
On Friday 12th May 2017, Gilletta Publishers released a guide entitled “Randonnées botaniques et découvertes de la végétation dans les Alpes Maritimes”* (24.50 Euros), offering plant lovers the opportunity to discover the botanical heritage of the Maritime Alps. The department harbours a patchwork of diverse landscapes and is host to a large number of plant species unique in the world.
Ushuaia TV turns the spotlight on Monaco’s pioneering role with regard to eco-friendly technological innovations.
On 12th May 2017 in Monaco, in the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation hosted a première screening of the documentary "Monaco, back to the Future" (60 minutes), produced by the Ushuaia TV channel and directed by the journalist Christine Oberdorff. Ms Oberdorff was keen to turn the spotlight on the leading role played by the country as far as eco-friendly technological innovation and sustainable development are concerned.
A partnership agreement is signed between the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Ohio State University
On 12th May 2017, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation signed a partnership agreement with Ohio State University. This university is recognised for its work and research in the renewable energies, mobility and climate sectors. The partnership will offer both entities an opportunity to develop technical, scientific and methodological cooperation in order to share their respective expertise.
Opening of an exhibition by the artist Marcello Lo Giudice, in Rome
On 11th May 2017, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco travelled to Rome to inaugurate the exhibition "Eden, Pianeti Lontani" (Eden, distant planets) by the artist Marcello Lo Giudice, at the National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome. Opened in 2010, this museum is dedicated to the creation of all forms of contemporary art. The exhibition, organised in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, consists of a series of monochrome paintings. "I presented to the Prince my large sculpture comprised of bees where I painted 9000 bees in gold. I also showed him my painting entitled "150, Blue Head" which is to be put up for sale shortly in New York for the benefit of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation", said Mr Marcello Lo Giudice.
MONACO BACK TO THE FUTURE -FRIDAY 12th MAY 2017 4.30pm - AUDITORIUM RAINIER III
La Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco a le plaisir de vous convier à la projection, en avant-première, du film MONACO BACK TO THE FUTURE -VENDREDI 12 MAI 2017 À 16H30 - AUDITORIUM RAINIER III - BOULEVARD LOUIS II - MONACO
A framework agreement is signed with Moldova’s Ministry of the Environment
On 4th May 2017, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco made an official visit to Moldova to accept the title of Doctor honoris causa from the State University of Moldova.
Le documentaire de Christine Oberdorff, journaliste à Ushuaïa TV sera projeté en avant-première le 12 mai 2017. Il évoque le goût constant de la Principauté envers les technologies nouvelles et les engins du futur.
Prince Albert II Foundation holds first Board of Directors meeting for 2017
On 21 April 2017, the Board of Directors of the Prince Albert II Foundation held its first meeting of the year, chaired by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince. Since it was established, the Foundation has initiated or supported 396 projects worth EUR 36 million. Eighty-eight projects are currently being implemented.
The Ocean Energy Systems meets in Monaco
The thirty-second meeting of the Ocean Energy Systems was held in Monaco on Monday 10th April 2017 in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and representatives from the organisation’s twenty-four member states.
Founded in 2001, the Ocean Energy Systems is a global technological initiative devoted to marine energy. This task force depends on the International Energy Agency in Paris. The mission of the Ocean Energy Systems is “to ensure that energy from the sea becomes increasingly sustainable in the future.
Signature d’un Manifeste de Monaco pour l’Océan dans le cadre de la Monaco Ocean Week
Dans le cadre de la Monaco Ocean Week qui a réuni près de 1 000 participants autour d’une trentaine d’événements, a été publié le Manifeste de Monaco pour alerter les États, les ONG, les institutions nationales et internationales, les entreprises et les scientifiques sur la nécessaire union de toutes leurs énergies au service de la préservation de l’océan et de l’ensemble des écosystèmes marins de la planète.
Pelagos Headquarters Agreement signed in Monaco
On 3rd April 2017 the Minister of State's Residence hosted the signing ceremony for the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of Monaco, France, Italy and the permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos agreement.
Against the backdrop of events unfolding during Monaco Ocean Week, the signing took place in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and the French and Italian Ministers of the Environment, Mrs Ségolène Royal and Mr Gian Luca Galletti. The signing of the Headquarters Agreement will provide for the recognition of the legal status of the Pelagos Permanent Secretariat in the Principality. This is a key milestone in regard to the involvement of the member states in order to strengthen this sanctuary for marine mammals.