On Thursday, 30 June, HSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended a gala to mark the tenth anniversary of the Prince Albert Foundation at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco established his Foundation in June 2006 to address the alarming environmental situation of the world. From the official website:
‘The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale. The Foundation supports initiatives of public and private organisations, in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially-aware practices. The Foundation supports projects in three main geographical zones and focuses its efforts focus on three main areas.’
The gala saw a screening of an anniversary film which traced the journey of the foundation and the measures it has taken throughout its ten years. There was also an award presentation which recognised individuals and organisations who have had significant achievements in the field of environmental preservation.
Dr Luc Hoffman was awarded the Biodiversity Conservation Award for ‘his visionary approach to protecting biodiversity and remarkable initiatives he has developed with the MAVA Foundation, the Biological Station of Tour du Valat, WWF International and the International Foundation for the Banc d’Arguin.
Director General Mr. Dhesigen Naidoo received the Sustainable Management of Water Resources award on behalf of the Water Research Commission for its exemplary action in South Africa in sanitation, supply and sustainable management water resources.
The Climate Change Award was presented to Ms Laurence Tubiana for the establishment of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and its active participation in the success of negotiations of the COP 21 United Nations Conference.
Princess Charlene wore a simple burgundy evening gown with a pair of diamond statement earrings and other royals in attendance included Prince Charles-Philippe, Duke of Anjou and his wife Diana, Duchess of Cadaval.