On October 12, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco was in Brussels, Belgium to participate in the 2011 Arctic Futures Symposium.

Once Prince Albert II at the event he was warmly greeted by the president of the International Polar Foundation, Alain Hubert as well as the European Commission for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanski.  Other attendees at this conference held at the Royal Library of Belgium and organized by the International Polar Foundation in conjunction with the FP2 (Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco), included the President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greenland Inuutwq Holm Olsen, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Denmark Kim Jorgensen, and many more.  .

So what is the Arctic Futures Symposium and its purpose?  Well, it is a forum to have a well-informed discussion on key issues such as:

… transport and infrastructure, search and rescue, the future of Arctic research and monitoring, ecosystem stewardship, management of natural resource development, and indigenous affairs.

Once again, Arctic stakeholders including EU and foreign policymakers, scientists, representatives of industry, indigenous peoples and academics will be brought together to discuss needs, address challenges, exchange ideas, and network.

To view photos please click here.  To watch an interview with Prince Albert II please click here.