Another busy week for Prince Albert II. It was dedicated to the questions of sport and ecology of the ocean.
Awarding the Grand Medal Albert-I in Paris
On Monday the 21st of November 2016, the Prince continued his great-grandfather’s legacy by awarding the Grand Medal Albert-I in Paris.
Since 1948, the Albert-I Institute of Oceanography has honoured sea and ocean conservationists. The award goes to researchers, specialists and pillars of science. This year, the Grand Medal was presented by Prince Albert II to Daniel Pauly, Researcher at the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and Mr Thibaut Barreyre for his published work about heat fluxes in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Between alarmists and climate-change sceptics, the general public may find it difficult to form an opinion about environmental preservation. But the two recipients of the Albert-I Medal look towards the future with hope, “We know what to do and we understand the methods to repair what has been damaged,” argues Daniel Pauly.
The award is also accompanied by a financial honorarium, to help the winners continue their work and research.
Prince Albert Speaks at ACCOBAMS’ 20th Anniversary
The sixth meeting of ACCOBAMS was held in the presence of the Sovereign Prince, the Minister of State and many other key figures on Tuesday, the 22nd of November 2016.
In his speech, the Sovereign Prince stressed that “ACCOBAMS, a true ambassador for protecting the oceans and conserving migratory species has, in its 20 years, served as an example for other parts of the world, such as the Red Sea, the African coasts, the Pacific and the Caribbean.”
ACCOBAMS is an intergovernmental agreement to reduce threats which endanger Cetaceans (a family of marine mammals which include whales, dolphins and porpoises) by improving the understanding of these animals and implementing appropriate conservation measures.
Since ACCOBAMS was established, they have adopted numerous resolutions covering a wide range of topics relevant to the conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The Permanent Secretariat has also established various types of scientific study and collaborative projects with other international organisations, in order to gain a better understanding of cetaceans and their environment.
Peace and Sport Forum
Every year in the Principality, the Prince and numerous political and sport personalities come together to discuss their commitment to peace through sport.
The ninth edition of the Peace and Sport forum was held on Wednesday the 23rd of November. It started with a rally on the Terrasses du Casino and a march towards the Fairmont. Prince Albert-II, members of the “Quartet of National Dialogue” in Tunisia (Nobel Peace Prize winners of 2015), rugby player Imanoll Harinordoquy, tennis player Tatiana Golovin, pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva and many other influential people were present. They held olive branches and white cards as symbols for peace.
After the march, the opening ceremony for Peace and Sport took place at the Fairmont. This year’s theme was: ”Peace at stake: changing the world through sport”.
Every year, the forum helps convince important decision-makers that sport is an effective solution which can be used as a vehicle for peace.
Prince Albert Congratulates the Roca Team!
Monaco is now the leader of ProA after their stunning victory over Cholet (93-68). Prince Albert, accompanied by the ASM president Sergei Dyadechko, had a nice chat with all the players and coach Zvezdan Mitrovic in their locker room.
A warm, proud and encouraging moment for the Roca Team, after they pleased fans at Gaston-Médecin.