Prince Albert II Of Monaco

HIS SERENE HIGHNESS, PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO

His Highness is the son of Prince Rainier III, Louis Henri-Maxence-Bertrand (31st May 1923 - 6th April 2005) and Princess Grace, née Kelly (Philadelphia, United States, 12th November 1929 - Monaco, 14th September 1982).H.S.H. Prince Albert II succeeded his father, Prince Rainier III who died on 6h April 2005. On 12th July 2005, at the end of the period of official mourning, the Prince's accession to the throne was celebrated.

In April 2006, H.S.H. Prince Albert II visited the North Pole by dog sled from the Russian base of Barneo 120 kilometres away. This journey was the opportunity for him to pay tribute to his great-great grandfather, Prince Albert I of Monaco, a pioneer of modern oceanography. The trip also helped to raise the world's awareness of the planetary challenges which, in the short term, represent risks related to climate change and the dangers of industrial pollution.

In June 2006, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco decided to establish his Foundation to address our planet's alarming environmental situation. 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 organizations, 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 Foundations' mission statement is to establish partnerships in order to carry out projects and implement concrete activities in our priority action areas, to raise both the public's and the authorities' awareness of the impact of human activities on the natural environment and to encourage more environmentally-friendly behaviour and also to promote and encourage outstanding initiatives and innovative solutions by awarding prizes and grants.

The three principal domains of action of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation are to limit the effects of climate change and promote renewable energies, to safeguard biodiversity and to manage water resources and combat desertification.