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Sunday, March 02, 2008
Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards
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Albert II Foundation - Creating The Inspiration For Change

The inaugural of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards for the Environment were held last Thursday (February 21, 2008) at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco in a spectacular international award ceremony. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco personally handed out the awards to the recipients and delivered his speech outlining the role of his Foundation. He gave his strong support and commitment to the development of infrastructure projects and the creation of international networks that deliver sustainable development for the environment.

The Awards were held during the period that the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) 10th Special Session Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum was also in Monaco, and the auditorium was packed with United Nations Delegates, Environment Ministers from around the world, Leaders of Industry, Celebrities, and Special Guests. UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UNEP, Achim Steiner also helped to deliver prizes and convey the UN's support. It was an incredible experience to be with so many people who cared so much for the planet.

The Prince Albert II Foundation awards honoured three individuals for three environmental categories. The winners were inspirational individuals who continue to make exceptional efforts to sustain and restore the world's environment and they were: Alain Hubert (Climate Change), Jane Goodall (Biodiversity) and Sunita Narain (Water).

Belgian Explorer Alain Hubert's award in the Climate Change category was for his significant efforts to bring awareness and solutions in this field. He received his award by video uplink as he was in the Antarctic building the first ever renewable energy polar station under severe time constraints before bad weather arrived.

Jane Goodall, the famous primatologist, was given the Biodiversity Award for her life-long commitment to understanding the development and social interactions of chimpanzees, and for her outstanding efforts to promote the absolute need to protect ecological biodiversity throughout the planet.

Sunita Narain won the Foundation's Award for Water, for her significant work in India developing and promoting systems to capture rain water for sustainable development of communities. She delivered a moving speech at the awards about the need for everyone to work extremely hard to protect the world's fresh water, and to make significant efforts to combat climate change. The packed auditorium applauded the message she delivered agreeing with her that there was not much time left for us to enact the restoration of Earth.

H.E. Mr Bernard Fautrier, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation said "I am delighted that the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has been able to recognise three of the most inspirational individuals working in the environmental field today".

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