Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution (November, 2009)

On a trip of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to the United States for the anniversary of the "Antarctic Treaty Summit", held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History on November 30th, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The Smithsonian Institution and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, in recognition of their shared objectives and interests in science, environmental protection and sustainable development, have agreed to share knowledge and mutual expertise in an effort to provide enhanced support for efforts in these areas. By signing a Memorandum of Understanding, these two entities will identify common fields of action.

Joint activities will be pursued in the fields of biodiversity conservation, climate change, renewable energies, water management and sustainable development in the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s priority zones as defined in the preamble of the Memorandum Of Understanding. Efforts will be launched in the development of exhibits, programs and public outreach concerning natural history themes.

Collaborative support will be provided to Smithsonian-based international projects, including the Encyclopedia of Life, established to make comprehensive, authenticated information about the world’s biodiversity freely available over the Internet and The Consortium for the Barcode of Life, an initiative devoted to developing DNA bar-coding as a global standard for the identification of biological species.

Representing the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation at the signing was H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, H.E. Mr. Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President Chief, Executive Officer, and John B. Kelly, President of the US branch of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The Smithsonian was represented by Elizabeth Duggal, Associate Director, National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Cristian Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History, is the lead signatory of the Memorandum of Understanding, on behalf of the Smithsonian.