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UPMC Awards Prince Albert II of Monaco a Docteur Honoris Causa

On Tuesday, 21st March 2017, in the Grand Salon of the Sorbonne, S.A.S Prince Albert II of Monaco received the insignia of Doctor Honoris Causa by Jean Chambaz, president of UPMC.

S.A.S. Prince Albert II became the fourteenth ruler of the Principality of Monaco in 6 April 2005. In June 2006, he founded the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation dedicated to the protection of the environment and sustainable development. Climate change, biodiversity and water are the three main focuses of this foundation. His strong commitment to this cause was demonstrated by his voyage to both the North and South poles to rally public opinion on the issue of climate change.

On Tuesday, 21 March, the commitment he showed was honored, as well as his involvement in the fight against climate change and in favor of biodiversity and especially the defense of the ocean, notably through the Albert II Foundation which he chairs.

S.A.S. Prince Albert II, as head of state, chose to concentrate on environmental issues. One of his first acts was to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. At the end of 2011, he was entrusted with the preparation of the "oceans" component of the Rio + 20 conference by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He was also in charge of the IPCC Special Ocean Report, in which UPMC teams played a major role. This also led to the university being chosen along with UNESCO as the second host site for the International Scientific Conference on July 2015, in preparation of COP21. UPMC prepared for this conference throughout 2015 through the "Tomorrow’s Climate" initiative, involving researchers, students and the general public.

In January 2009, Prince Albert II supported the initiative of scientists on the acidification of the oceans through the "Monaco Declaration", which in 2010 led to the Monaco Blue Initiative. In addition, the Prince Albert II Foundation has been supporting specifically the research carried out at the UPMC's Banyuls and Villefranche Ocean Observatories for years. This research has played a major role in the emergence of marine biology and oceanography in Europe. The Prince Albert II Foundation has also been a committed partner to the Tara expeditions, with UPMC research teams. The Tara expeditions are engaged in the issues of Arctic melting and, more recently, in the Tara Coral expedition for the sampling of the plankton of the coral reefs.   


 ©Pierre Kitmacher - UPMC

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