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THE EXCITEMENT OF THE 2011 MONACO FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX COMES TO NEW YORK WITH ALL THAT THRILLS

With the excitement of the 2011 Monaco F1 Grand Prix just a hair-pin turn away, the Consulate General of Monaco and the Consulate General of Argentina in New York, will celebrate one of Formula One's most thrilling legends, “El Maestro,” Juan Manuel Fangio with All That Thrills, a cocktail reception on Thursday, May 19 at the Classic Car Club. The reception will include a silent auction to benefit the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA -- with select items benefiting AYUDA, YA, an Argentine nonprofit -- and will also feature a display of vintage cars courtesy of Classic Car Club and a Tesla Roadster. Sultry tango dancing coordinated by artistic director Leonardo Suarez Paz, a fourth-generation tango artist, vocalist and violinist in “Romance de Tango;” along with catering by Feast & Fêtes by Daniel Boulud and Jean-Christophe Le Picart, round off a spectacular event. To mark the 100th anniversary of Juan Manuel Fangio’s birth and his legacy of excellence, the Consulate General of Monaco and Monaco Government Tourist Office introduce the limited edition Cuvée Monaco from Algodon Wine Estates. Algodon Vineyard is a splendid 2,050 acre estate resting at the base of the snowcapped Andes in San Rafael, Mendoza, a province often referred to by wine connoisseurs as "the Napa Valley of Argentina." The International Wine & Spirit Competition recently awarded Algodon Wine Estates’ 2008 Malbec the Silver “Best in Class” award for a 2008 vintage from a single vineyard. “The Monaco Formula One Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious and challenging motor-racing events in the world and for years has drawn the most iconic drivers to the Principality’s narrow challenging streets,” said the event host, the Honorable Maguy Maccario, consul general and director, Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York. “Juan Manuel Fangio is a true legend, setting the bar high for future Grand Prix drivers and what better way to toast his accomplishments than with special, limited-edition Argentinean wine with a Monaco twist.” “It is with great pleasure that we support and participate in All That Thrills. Juan Manuel Fangio characterized himself as a fighter and devoted his career to the pursuit of excellence. He became an iconic figure for Argentineans in the 50´s when he won his five Grand Prix. His legacy inspired our countrymen in sports as well as in overcoming life challenges. Even today he is helping Argentineans through the auction, that under his umbrella, will take place on May 19th,” said Argentina’s consul general to New York, José Luis Pérez Gabilondo. Special guests expected at the event include Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States, Gilles Noghès, whose father, Anthony, created the Monaco Grand Prix in 1929 and is credited with inventing the race’s famous checkered flag of victory, and Argentina’s consul general in New York, Ambassador José Luis Pérez Gabilondo. Every year, on the last weekend in May, the most prestigious Formula One race of the season takes place on the streets of the Principality. The circuit’s tight corners, hairpin turns and narrow course make it one of the most demanding tracks in car racing. The ultimate test in driving skills, the Monaco Grand Prix is THE race the world’s best drivers all want to win. First held in 1929 and organized each year by the Automobile Club de Monaco, the circuit has been called by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) “an exceptional location of glamour and prestige”. It is considered one of the most important automobile races in the world. The Grand Prix has been held under the patronage of three generations of Monaco's Sovereigns, Prince Louis II, Prince Rainier III and now Prince Albert II. In 2011, the 69th Monaco F1 Grand Prix will be held from May 26 through 29. Born in 1911 in Argentina, Juan Manuel Fangio dominated the first decade of Formula 1 racing. In 1948 he was first invited to race in Europe -- a string of successes followed and he was taken on by the Alfa Romeo team for the 1950 season. Fangio won the first ever hat-trick (pole position, fastest lap and overall victory) in Formula 1 history at the Monaco Grand Prix on 21 May 1950 – his first Grand Prix win. He won the World Drivers’ Championship five times: 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 & 1957, a record which stood for 46 years until Michael Schumacher’s sixth win in 2003. With the highest percentage of wins from starts, Fangio is still regarded as the greatest driver of all time. For more on All That Thrills, please visit www.monacotakesny.com or call the Consulate General of Monaco in New York on 212-286 0500.

 

CSR PROGRAM AT THE INCENTIVE RESEARCH FOUNDATION'S 18TH INVITATIONAL IN LAS VEGAS

CSR Program at Incentive Research Foundation's 18th Invitational in Las Vegas

These days corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an expectation in the meeting and incentive industry. During the Annual Incentive Invitational, the IRF included a CSR program organized by Impact Incentives and sponsored this year by the Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York and the Fairmont Monte Carlo. The goal of the event was to provide much needed school supplies to support children in the community who lack basic classroom needs. IRF Invitational attendees were encouraged to donate new school supplies and the Monaco Government Tourist Office raffled some luxurious goodies to support Las Vegas educators and students from the local Clark County community. In addition to the school supply drive, the Monaco Government Tourist Office donated solar car classroom kits that required assembling. The solar car kits serve to support science projects in schools and educate the next generation about solar energy resources. The Principality is socially responsible in many other ways, too. Groups can commit to compensate for the ecological impact of their event at many venues in Monaco through carbon offsetting. Groups can carbon-offset their meeting in favor of a sustainable development program supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which supports local and global initiatives and focuses on addressing the challenges of climate change, loss of biodiversity, water management and desertification. In return, the event can be officially designated as Carbon Neutral. To learn more, please visit: www.pa2f.org

 

 

THE EARTH INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY HAS RELEASED THEIR ANNUAL DONOR REPORT FOR 2010

The Earth Institute at Columbia University has released their annual donor report for 2010 that showcases the ground-breaking work achieved over the past 12 months and highlights initiatives launched or strengthened which have enriched the lives of many people in many poor countries – with the support of numerous partners including the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. “We fortified our work on sustainable agriculture, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Principality of Monaco initiated a new partnership with us to help farmers in Mali secure a more stable livelihood while protecting the ecosystems where they live, and to advice the national government on a landmark new initiative to scale up the Millennium Villages integrated development strategy to 166 of Mali’s poorest districts, “ said Jennifer Swift -Morgan, the Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer. “Many of our pioneering collaborations around sustainable development and ending poverty also led to key evidence-based input to the United nations’ Millennium Development Goals summit in September…and partners are enabling us to pilot the latest in information and communications solutions to improve point-of-service health care in ways that will inform health systems throughout Africa and beyond – and leading to the head of ICT in the Millennium Villages being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010.” To learn more, please visit: www.pa2f.org or http://www.monaco-consulate.com/pa2f/

 

 

PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO'S 'GREEN GALLERY' TO BE DIPLAYED AT TESLA'S MOTOR'S NEW YORK CITY SHOWROOM

A Roadsters and Rides reception in early October at Tesla’s NYC showroom kicked off the annual Monaco Takes New York celebrations for 2010 and gave guests preview of the environmental legacy of the Principality via Monaco’s “green gallery”. This trio of cylindrical installations feature interactive elements, timelines, DVDs and animation which highlight the longstanding commitment of the sovereign princes, government and people of Monaco to the preservation and conservation of the world’s natural resources. To learn more click here.

 

 

MONACO'S FALL ENERGY SUMMIT WITH M.I.T. TO FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

HSH Prince Albert and Professor Tod Machover meet – via iPadThis fall in the Principality of Monaco, a series of high-level events and activities organized by the Monaco-based FUTURUM Association in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative, will focus on developing the next generation of leaders in energy.

As a follow up to two recent visits by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco to MIT to address environmental issues and a partnership for energy education, the collaboration from September 23 to 26, between several Monaco entities - including the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation – will include a major energy summit to be held at Monaco’s 100 year-old Oceanographic Museum, featuring guest speakers from MIT and, during the Monaco Yacht Show, an important roundtable discussion on Tomorrow’s Yachts in Clean Seas.

The highlight of these events will be the world premiere, on September 24, at the Monte-Carlo Opera House of Death and the Powers A Robots’ Opera, a groundbreaking operatic and technological experience composed and produced by acclaimed American composer and MIT Professor Tod Machover. This exciting new work - developed at the MIT’s Media Lab with generous sponsorship provided by FUTURUM - uses specially designed new technology including a chorus of robots, a musical chandelier, and a set that “comes alive,” to explore what we leave behind for the world and our loved ones, as told through an eccentric patriarch, Simon Powers, and his family and friends (also visit http://operaofthefuture.wordpress.com/).

For full details and program please download the Futurum Press Kit.

 

THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO PROUDLY SUPPORTS THE WORLD'S PREMIERE OF DISNEYNATURE'S MOTION PICTURE 'OCEANS'

On Saturday, April 17, the star-studded blue carpet screening of Disneynature’s motion picture "Oceans” at the legendary El Capitan Theatre included the film’s narrator, Pierce Brosnan, the duo who sing the film’s theme song, “Make A Wave”, Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas - along with his brothers Nick and Kevin - renowned oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence,Sylvia Earle, the grandson and granddaughter of famed ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien & Celine Cousteau, the world’s foremost ocean artist, Wyland along with some of the film’s crew members and high-ranking executives from the Walt Disney Company, including president and CEO Bob Iger, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios Rich Ross and president Alan Bergman and executive vice president and general manager of Disneynature Jean-Francois Camilleri.

Representing the Principality of Monaco was Maguy Maccario, vice president of the US chapter of the Prince’s Foundation and consul general in New York. Stars who brought along their children included Brothers & Sister star Gilles Marini, actress and model Amber Valetta, actress Lolita Davidovich and film director husband Ron Shelton, and actress Joely Fisher. Some of the producers and crew expected from Europe, including co-director Jacques Cluzaud, were unable to attend due to flight cancellations as a result of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. The screening was followed by a private reception at the home of Keri Selig and Oceana Board Chair, Keith Addis.

Some of Hollywood’s top executives, talent and VIPs had the opportunity to learn more about the ongoing environmental efforts of the Monégasque government and make a donation through a luxury silent and online auction which benefited the US chapter of the Prince’s Foundation. Guests learned about His Serene Highness Prince Albert’s personal environmental commitment and the international efforts of his eponymous foundation to combat climate change, address water management and desertification issues and the loss of biodiversity.

Prince Albert recorded a personalized greeting of welcome and thanks and Ms Maccario addressed the guests. Others in attendance included actress Radha Mitchell and representatives from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation including Irmelin DiCaprio. Disneynature’s OCEANS opens nationwide on Earth Day, April 22. 2010.

LAUNCH OF €10,000 PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO FOUNDATION/UNCA PRIZE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM

For the first time an international journalism prize - valued at 10,000 euros - will be awarded for the best coverage of climate change issues.

At a ceremony at the United Nations in New York on June 18, Monaco's UN Ambassador Gilles Noghes announced the €10,000 joint Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation/UNCA (United Nations Correspondents Association) Global Prize, which will be awarded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on October 30 at the annual UNCA Gala Dinner.

President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA, John B Kelly III and UNCA President Giampaolo Pioli, said the Foundation was “very happy” to add another prize to the three that UNCA presented during its annual dinner in association with the United Nations Foundation. The award, for the best coverage in electronic and print media, coincides with the 2009 General Assembly's high-level meeting on climate change on 22 September, and the Copenhagen Conference scheduled for December.

Mr. Pioli, said he hoped this Prize would be the beginning of a long and fruitful cooperation between UNCA and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and he called on all international media to submit their entries for the award, as well as already established ones, as soon as possible. There is no fee for submitting entries and the new award should serve as a further incentive to produce quality work. The deadlines are 1 August 2009 for the older prizes and 31 August 2009 for the new award.

PREVIEW OF NESPRESSO'S NEW TASTING BAR IN SOHO - WITH COFFEE PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO FOUNDATION

Nespresso, makers of the world's "perfect cup of coffee", is opening a new boutique in late 2009, in NYC"s chic SOHO district at the corner of Prince and Mercer. On June 18 at a VIP preview of the temporary boutique, guests were treated to a sneak peek of the new "digs" as well as the launch of the Nespresso Capsule Artwork Exhibition and "pop-up" store.

A featured piece of art in this temporary installation of cultural iconic figures from music, screen, politics and the arts by Ricardo Bellino is a 6.5' x 6.5' portrait of Princess Grace of Monaco. The piece was created by using expired Nespresso capsules. The temporary boutique will be open - and the exhibition on display - through July 3 - daily from noon to 7 pm, featuring a Nespresso Cafe where coffee will be sold for $2 per serving.

100% of the Tasting Bar donations received will benefit four charities -- the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Princess Grace Awards, Musicians on Call and the British Memorial Gardens in New York.

THE SECOND ANNUAL PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO FOUNDATION'S AWARD CEREMONY TO PREMIERE ACCLAIMED FILM, OCEANS.

On Saturday October 10, 2009, the Foundation will host its the second annual awards ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco featuring the world premiere of Oceans. Directed by Academy Award-winning French director Jacques Perrin and French writer/director Jacques Cluzaud, this breathtaking Disney Nature production will open in theatres on Earth Day (April 22) 2010. Click here for a preview. To discover more: www.FPA2.com

LAND OF THE POLAR BEAR CHARITY CRUISE

While experiencing the adventure of a life-time,search the seldom-visited pack icenorth of Spitsbergen for walrus and polar bears. Witness a multitude of seabirds, from puffins and cormorants to a guillemot colony of 600,000. Trek with an expedition team on informative nature hikes and listen in on lectures by renowned Scottish author, environmentalist and academic, Professor David M. Munro. Silversea’s new luxury expedition ship, the M/V Prince Albert II carries eight Zodiac boats allowing the exploration of places otherwise deemed inaccessible. Enjoy superlative service and genuine hospitality with a crew ratio of nearly 1 to 1. A portion of your fare - up to 30 per cent - is tax deductible in the US and will directly benefit the important international work of The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for the environment. Learn more by clicking here.

PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO LEADS THE 2009 ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION

Prince Albert & David Rootes arrive at the Patriot Hill base © Fredrik Blomqvist- Palais PrincierIn January 2009, a small scientific team is accompanying Monaco's Sovereign on an historic research and fact-finding expedition to some of the most remote and forbidding reaches on earth, all in the name of science and environmental custodianship. Follow in the footsteps of the Prince and his expedition team and track their progress in the South Pole by clicking here.

You can also link to a blog with videos, photos, cool interactive features and the very latest on this historic expedition by clicking here.


PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CHICAGO'S FIELD MUSEUM

MONACO'S ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP GALLERY DISPLAYED AT THE FIELD MUSEUM IN OCTOBER

During his recent inaugural official visit to Chicago’s renowned Field Museum of Natural History, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, along with scientists, curators and educators held a series of sessions to mark their new collaborative partnership. The highlight, which followed a warm welcome by Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley, was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and The Field Museum. The signing underscores the relationship between the two organizations and will ensure co-ordination of future projects, knowledge-sharing, and co-operative fund-raising activities and events.

Mr. Miles White, Chairman of The Field Museum Board of Trustees, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mr. John B. Kelly III,  President of The Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation-USA, H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Vice President & CEO of The Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation and Mr. John W. McCarter, President & CEO of The Field Museum This two-year, renewable agreement will see the Foundation and the Museum oversee activities in the fields of biodiversity conservation, global warming and climate change including renewable energies, water management and sustainable development. Among the Museum’s initiatives which may be jointly funded or supported include the Rapid Inventory Program that has led to the conservation of 45,000 sq. miles of forest in the Andes and Amazon and the prospects for carbon trading through the Chicago Climate Exchange.
In addition to Prince Albert and Mr. John W. McCarter Jr, President and CEO of The Field, notable Foundation attendees from Monaco included H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Vice President & CEO and Mr Lionel Schutz, Director of Development. In September 2008, the Foundation announced its US arm (in line with its recent global outreach, chapters have also opened in Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom). Representing the US chapter was its President, John B. Kelly, III, and Hon. Maguy Maccario Doyle, Consul General of Monaco and Vice President.

To coincide with the Prince’s visit, a special exhibition showcased Monaco’s considerable conservation legacy. The display, Monaco’s Environmental Stewardship Gallery, comprises three internally-lit 8ftx5ft cylinders (output for each is equal to just one 100 watt light bulb) which blend creativity, cutting-edge design and with a mind to energy efficiency. Combining audio and visual techniques including short videos, text, graphic design, kaleidoscopic experiences, lighting and architectural elements, they seamlessly project a cool image of a hot topic; via video, Prince Albert outlines his commitment to the environment; and from the Hollywood-based special effects team who worked on “The Incredible Hulk” and “Spider-Man,” are some amazing visual effects. This gallery traces the past and present conservation efforts of the Principality and highlights the international work of the Foundation. Launched in New York in September 2008, this unique installation was on display in the Stanley Field Hall through October 22, 2008.

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr,
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
Phone: (312) 922-9410
www.fieldmuseum.org

About Monaco’s Environmental Stewardship Gallery

  • Blending creativity, cutting-edge design and with a mind to energy efficiency, three customized 8ft x 5ft cylinders - representing Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - combine audio and visual techniques including short videos, printed text and a kaleidoscopic experience to inform guests about the past, present and future of the Principality as a leading proponent of green ideas with a long, proud legacy of environmental stewardship.
  • Each cylinder features a unique mix of copy, graphic design, hi-res images, motion graphics, lighting and architectural elements which seamlessly project a cool image of a hot topic.
  • A special video address by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco outlines his personal commitment to the preservation and conservation of the world’s natural environment and the important international work of The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. An “inspirational” look at the Principality – in HD – spotlights this country with a conscience.
  • The amazing animation incorporated in the kaleidoscope, comes to you from the talented Hollywood-based special effects team who worked on such feature films as “Spider- Man” and “The Incredible Hulk”.
  • A short, futuristic “eco-doco” called Climate: A Crisis Averted (from Free Range Studios) gives hope, through humor, to the generations of the future, that in 2008, we can and will act in time to make a positive difference...


Technical Specs:

  • All electrical components meet US electrical standards. Each cylinder has a single power line for monitors, lighting and DVD players and is internally lit by LED fixtures. 
  • Each cylinder is energy-efficient - using the same output as a single 100 watt light bulb.
  • The structures are made of aluminum extrusions and their unique design means they are lightweight, modular, durable yet re-usable. Each cylinder can be broken down into four quadrants which are connected via a hidden hinge within the framework.

PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO FOUNDATION SPRING NEWSLETTER

For the latest news, events and expert environmental opinions from around the world, go to http://www.fpa2.mc/downloads/news_juin09.pdf to view the Spring newsletter.

LAUNCH OF €10,000 PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO FOUNDATION/UNCA PRIZE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM

For the first time an international journalism prize - valued at 10,000 euros - will be awarded for the best coverage of climate change issues.

At a ceremony at the United Nations in New York on June 18, Monaco's UN Ambassador Gilles Noghes announced the €10,000 joint Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation/UNCA (United Nations Correspondents Association) Global Prize, which will be awarded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on October 30 at the annual UNCA Gala Dinner.

President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA, John B Kelly III and UNCA President Giampaolo Pioli, said the Foundation was “very happy” to add another prize to the three that UNCA presented during its annual dinner in association with the United Nations Foundation. The award, for the best coverage in electronic and print media, coincides with the 2009 General Assembly's high-level meeting on climate change on 22 September, and the Copenhagen Conference scheduled for December.

Mr. Pioli, said he hoped this Prize would be the beginning of a long and fruitful cooperation between UNCA and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and he called on all international media to submit their entries for the award, as well as already established ones, as soon as possible. There is no fee for submitting entries and the new award should serve as a further incentive to produce quality work. The deadlines are 1 August 2009 for the older prizes and 31 August 2009 for the new award.

PREVIEW OF NESPRESSO'S NEW TASTING BAR IN SOHO - WITH COFFEE PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO FOUNDATION

Nespresso, makers of the world's "perfect cup of coffee", is opening a new boutique in late 2009, in NYC"s chic SOHO district at the corner of Prince and Mercer. On June 18 at a VIP preview of the temporary boutique, guests were treated to a sneak peek of the new "digs" as well as the launch of the Nespresso Capsule Artwork Exhibition and "pop-up" store.

A featured piece of art in this temporary installation of cultural iconic figures from music, screen, politics and the arts by Ricardo Bellino is a 6.5' x 6.5' portrait of Princess Grace of Monaco. The piece was created by using expired Nespresso capsules. The temporary boutique will be open - and the exhibition on display - through July 3 - daily from noon to 7 pm, featuring a Nespresso Cafe where coffee will be sold for $2 per serving.

100% of the Tasting Bar donations received will benefit four charities -- the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Princess Grace Awards, Musicians on Call and the British Memorial Gardens in New York. View pictures of the event >>

THE SECOND ANNUAL PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO FOUNDATION'S AWARD CEREMONY TO PREMIERE ACCLAIMED FILM, OCEANS.

On Saturday October 10, 2009, the Foundation will host its the second annual awards ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco featuring the world premiere of Oceans. Directed by Academy Award-winning French director Jacques Perrin and French writer/director Jacques Cluzaud, this breathtaking Disney Nature production will open in theatres on Earth Day (April 22) 2010. Click here for a preview. To discover more: www.FPA2.com

LAND OF THE POLAR BEAR CHARITY CRUISE

While experiencing the adventure of a life-time,search the seldom-visited pack icenorth of Spitsbergen for walrus and polar bears. Witness a multitude of seabirds, from puffins and cormorants to a guillemot colony of 600,000. Trek with an expedition team on informative nature hikes and listen in on lectures by renowned Scottish author, environmentalist and academic, Professor David M. Munro. Silversea’s new luxury expedition ship, the M/V Prince Albert II carries eight Zodiac boats allowing the exploration of places otherwise deemed inaccessible. Enjoy superlative service and genuine hospitality with a crew ratio of nearly 1 to 1. A portion of your fare - up to 30 per cent - is tax deductible in the US and will directly benefit the important international work of The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for the environment. Learn more by clicking here.

PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO LEADS THE 2009 ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION

In January 2009, a small scientific team is accompanying Monaco's Sovereign on an historic research and fact-finding expedition to some of the most remote and forbidding reaches on earth, all in the name of science and environmental custodianship. Follow in the footsteps of the Prince and his expedition team and track their progress in the South Pole by clicking here.

You can also link to a blog with videos, photos, cool interactive features and the very latest on this historic expedition by clicking here.


PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CHICAGO'S FIELD MUSEUM

MONACO'S ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP GALLERY DISPLAYED AT THE FIELD MUSEUM IN OCTOBER

During his recent inaugural official visit to Chicago’s renowned Field Museum of Natural History, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, along with scientists, curators and educators held a series of sessions to mark their new collaborative partnership. The highlight, which followed a warm welcome by Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley, was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and The Field Museum. The signing underscores the relationship between the two organizations and will ensure co-ordination of future projects, knowledge-sharing, and co-operative fund-raising activities and events.

Mr. Miles White, Chairman of The Field Museum Board of Trustees, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mr. John B. Kelly III,  President of The Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation-USA, H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Vice President & CEO of The Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation and Mr. John W. McCarter, President & CEO of The Field Museum This two-year, renewable agreement will see the Foundation and the Museum oversee activities in the fields of biodiversity conservation, global warming and climate change including renewable energies, water management and sustainable development. Among the Museum’s initiatives which may be jointly funded or supported include the Rapid Inventory Program that has led to the conservation of 45,000 sq. miles of forest in the Andes and Amazon and the prospects for carbon trading through the Chicago Climate Exchange.
In addition to Prince Albert and Mr. John W. McCarter Jr, President and CEO of The Field, notable Foundation attendees from Monaco included H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Vice President & CEO and Mr Lionel Schutz, Director of Development. In September 2008, the Foundation announced its US arm (in line with its recent global outreach, chapters have also opened in Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom). Representing the US chapter was its President, John B. Kelly, III, and Hon. Maguy Maccario Doyle, Consul General of Monaco and Vice President.

To coincide with the Prince’s visit, a special exhibition showcased Monaco’s considerable conservation legacy. The display, Monaco’s Environmental Stewardship Gallery, comprises three internally-lit 8ftx5ft cylinders (output for each is equal to just one 100 watt light bulb) which blend creativity, cutting-edge design and with a mind to energy efficiency. Combining audio and visual techniques including short videos, text, graphic design, kaleidoscopic experiences, lighting and architectural elements, they seamlessly project a cool image of a hot topic; via video, Prince Albert outlines his commitment to the environment; and from the Hollywood-based special effects team who worked on “The Incredible Hulk” and “Spider-Man,” are some amazing visual effects. This gallery traces the past and present conservation efforts of the Principality and highlights the international work of the Foundation. Launched in New York in September 2008, this unique installation was on display in the Stanley Field Hall through October 22, 2008.

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr,
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
Phone: (312) 922-9410
www.fieldmuseum.org

About Monaco’s Environmental Stewardship Gallery

  • Blending creativity, cutting-edge design and with a mind to energy efficiency, three customized 8ft x 5ft cylinders - representing Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - combine audio and visual techniques including short videos, printed text and a kaleidoscopic experience to inform guests about the past, present and future of the Principality as a leading proponent of green ideas with a long, proud legacy of environmental stewardship.
  • Each cylinder features a unique mix of copy, graphic design, hi-res images, motion graphics, lighting and architectural elements which seamlessly project a cool image of a hot topic.
  • A special video address by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco outlines his personal commitment to the preservation and conservation of the world’s natural environment and the important international work of The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. An “inspirational” look at the Principality – in HD – spotlights this country with a conscience.
  • The amazing animation incorporated in the kaleidoscope, comes to you from the talented Hollywood-based special effects team who worked on such feature films as “Spider- Man” and “The Incredible Hulk”.
  • A short, futuristic “eco-doco” called Climate: A Crisis Averted (from Free Range Studios) gives hope, through humor, to the generations of the future, that in 2008, we can and will act in time to make a positive difference...


Technical Specs:

  • All electrical components meet US electrical standards. Each cylinder has a single power line for monitors, lighting and DVD players and is internally lit by LED fixtures. 
  • Each cylinder is energy-efficient - using the same output as a single 100 watt light bulb.
  • The structures are made of aluminum extrusions and their unique design means they are lightweight, modular, durable yet re-usable. Each cylinder can be broken down into four quadrants which are connected via a hidden hinge within the framework.
     


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