HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
On June 11th Prince Albert II gave a private reception at the Monaco Palace for Anna Chromy and her husband Wolfgang Stein, President of The Conscience Institute, in order to celebrate his Chromy Award.
Prince Albert is one of the world’s Heads of State with the greatest sensitivity to environmental problems and Sustainable Development. He does not miss an opportunity to raise these concerns in his addresses to the United Nations and other international forums.
It is therefore Anna Chromy and the Directors of the Institute’s firm conviction that HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco can be rightly considered a “Conscience” of our times.,His passionate beliefs with regards to the environment are shown through his commitment to combat climate change, preserve our oceans and further sustainable development through his Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and other novel initiatives, such as “THE MONACO APPEAL” by Ban Ki-Moon, Un Secretary-General and THE EDGE, which aims to combine profitability, innovation and sustainability, as well as many others.
Under the guidance of Prince Albert, the Principality of Monaco, a “Mini-United Nations” of 120 nationalities, is rapidly becoming a global model for a green economy and sustainable development.
In a short speech, Anna Chromy, a long-time resident of the Principality, laid out the reasons for presenting the Award to Prince Albert: he is considered a leading figure in the global combat against climate change, for the preservation of the oceans, and sustainable development, through his Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and other novel initiatives.
The Prince, who has appreciated and supported Anna Chromy’s work since he inaugurated her first major sculpture exhibition in the Monte Carlo Opera House in 1996, expressed in moving words his gratitude and appreciation for this honor. He reminded the audience of Anna’s sculptures installed in the Principality, a Carmen and Cloak of Conscience installed in the Palace, and Ulysses in front of the Monaco Yacht Club.
Albert II of Monaco is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and son of Rainier III and Grace Kelly. He established an environmental Foundation with the following words:
“I decided to set up a Foundation whose purpose is to protect the environment and to encourage sustainable development… By definition, this is a common global challenge that requires urgent and concrete action in response to three major environmental issues: climate change, biodiversity and water.”
in 2007 Prince Albert served as the International Patron of the ‘Year of the Dolphin’, saying “The Year of the Dolphin gives me the opportunity to renew my firm commitment towards protecting marine biodiversity. With this strong initiative we can make a difference to save these fascinating marine mammals from the brink of extinction.”
Monaco’s Jardin Animalier, or zoo, was founded by Prince Rainier. Prince Albert has begun to return the animals to the wild and intends to convert the Jardin to a zoo for children. This project, undertaken in conjunction with the Born Free Foundation, started after the Prince met the Foundation’s founder Virginia McKenna for lunch.
Expedition to Antarctica
In January 2009, Prince Albert left for a month-long expedition to Antarctica, where he visited 26 scientific outposts and met with climate-change experts in an attempt to learn more about the impact of global warming on the continent.
CITES and bluefin tuna
In June 2009, Prince Albert co-authored an open letter to the Wall Street Journal with Charles Clover, the author of The End of the Line, a book about overfishing and ocean conservation issues that had recently been made into a documentary by Rupert Murray. In the letter, Prince Albert acknowledged that bluefin tuna has been severely overfished in the Mediterranean, and decries the common European Union practice of awarding inflated quotas to bluefin fleets.
He announced that Monaco would seek to award endangered species status to the Mediterranean bluefin Thunnus thynnus, (also called the Northern bluefin) under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). If upheld by the voting CITES delegates, this proposal would effectively ban the international trade in Mediterranean bluefin. This was the first time a nation had called for the inclusion of Mediterranean bluefin under CITES since Sweden at the 1992 CITES Conference, which was vehemently opposed by Japan who eventually threatened retaliation through trade barriers. Sweden withdrew its proposal.
On 16 July 2009, France declared that it too would seek to have Mediterranean bluefin listed as an endangered species. Only hours later, the United Kingdom followed suit
In 1996, Prince Albert received the Eagle Award from the United States Sports Academy. The Eagle Award is the Academy’s highest international honor and was awarded to Prince Albert for his significant contributions in promoting international harmony, peace and goodwill through the effective use of sport.
Roger Revelle Prize
On 23 October 2009, Prince Albert was awarded the Roger Revelle Prize for his efforts to protect the environment and to promote scientific research. This award was given to Prince Albert by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Prince Albert is the second recipient of this prize
France: Grand Prix Humanitaire de France (6 March 2007)
FIODS: Medal of the International Merit of Blood (12 March 1994)