H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Develops a New Environmentally Friendly Program. Plus, Other News

Recently, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his personal foundation, FPA2, developed the Wood Forever program.  The purpose of this new venture “… aims to accompany the yacht builders towards the use of timber from sustainably managed forests.”

During the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show the famous yacht building company, Burger Boats, became the first official member of the Wood Forever program:

Burger signed a partnership agreement and committed to analyze their wood supply chain in order to be able to develop a sustainable wood purchasing policy and, doing so, fight deforestation.

Also, during yesterday’s Monaco Yacht Show, the sovereign prince had a special guest with him when he visited all those amazing yachts docked at Port Hercule.  So, who was this special guest?  His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain.

According to the newspaper, Monaco Matin, the prince and the king visited the yacht Columbus 177 Prima, an environmentally friendly yacht that just won the Green Plus 2011 award during the Monaco Yacht Show.  What is the Green Plus 2011 Award?  Well, it is given those whose construction of a yacht follows strict environmental standards. To view photos please click here. 

Sources: SYT.com and Monaco Matin

Photos courtesy of: Palais Princier de Monaco and F. Chavaroche

H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Goes to Washington

As honorary patron of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands participated in the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank seminar in Washington D.C. on September 23, 2011.

The theme for the interactive meeting was, Financial Inclusion: Advancing the Global Challenge, where panelists discussed various issues and were asked questions such as “What are the key obstacles to accelerating progress toward financial inclusion? How can they be overcome?” and “What is the role of the private sector in closing the gap in access to finance for households and businesses?  How can these commitments be encouraged?”

To view photos as well as to read an article about the seminar/meeting please click the links below:

Source: WB.org  Photo courtesy of: AP