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Visit of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco in Washington D.C. (December, 2009)

During a visit to the United States, from November 30th to December 1st, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in Washington D.C. In His address at the opening ceremony of the “Antarctic Treaty Summit” held at the Smithsonian Institution, the Sovereign Prince notably pointed out the exemplary nature of the Antarctic Treaty as a management instrument for a particularly sensitive area: for the sole benefit of science; and stressed the essential role that the scientific community had to play in order to preserve the world environment, as an “independent and respected global moral force.”

Later in the morning, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution, aiming for collaboration within the common fields of both bodies and sharing knowledge in order to develop their mutual expertise.

In the afternoon of November 30th, the Sovereign Prince gave a speech at the National Press Club. Recalling that his great-great-grandfather had spoken before this assembly ninety-six years ago, the Sovereign Prince focused on the key role that the press had to play in raising awareness of environmental issues and circulating scientific knowledge. Prince Albert II then answered questions put forward by the press. On that occasion, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation signed another Memorandum of Understanding with the Pew Environment Group. This collaboration will result in new mutually supported projects.

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II surrounded by Mrs. Melissa Charbonneau, organiser of the press conference (left) and Mrs. Donna Leinwand, President of the National Press Club (right).

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco also paid a visit to the National Geographic Society headquarters, where He was welcomed by the president of the society, Mr. John Fahey, and his team. On this occasion, a session was held which enabled the basis for a future collaboration to be defined between the Foundation and the National Geographic.

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From left to right: Dr. Enric Sala, NG Ocean Explorer, John Fahey, President, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Terry Garcia, Executive VP Mission Programs, and Kristin Rechberger, VP Partnerships.

By late afternoon H.S.H. Prince Albert II was presiding at the residence of the Ambassador of Monaco in the United States, a reception organized with BirdLife International, a partner of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. On this occasion, the Prince held talks with many key figures in attendance, including Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

Lastly, in the evening, the Sovereign Prince attended a fundraising event organized by the US branch of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

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