His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in Monterey, CA. Day Two.

Last night His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived in Monterey, California to participate in the 2012 BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit.  The sovereign prince took part in the panel discussion entitled, Sustaining a Healthy Ocean: How Are We Doing, REALLY?, alongside Dr. Sylvia Earle, Ms. Celine Cousteau, Dr. Greg Stone and Dr. Jane Lubchenco.

This morning Prince Albert II gave a keynote speech entitled, Understanding the Ocean in a Changing World, during the Ocean Acidification Symposium held at the Golden State Theatre.

After his speech, Prince Albert II participated in a panel discussion entitled, The Story So Far: Action on Ocean Acidification, along with Dr. Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Dr. Jane Lubchenco and California Congressman, Mr. Sam Farr to name a few.

During the conference, according to a press release, the sovereign prince announced:

“… the launch of a new international center to coordinate ocean acidification. At a cost of two million U.S. dollars for three years, the center, based at the International Atomic Energy Agency Environment Laboratories in Monaco, will help coordinate international research and link science and policy.” 

Prince Albert II stated:

“Supported by among others the Government of Monaco and my Foundation, an Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center has been set up in Monaco within the premises of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Marine Environment Laboratories. It represents not only an enormous source of pride for myself but also gives me real hopes for the future.”

Today’s event was organized by the Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World and the Blue Ocean Film Festival.

If you are interested in watching various panel discussions from the 2012 BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit please click here.

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Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Presides Over an Award Ceremony.

On September 27, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain was at Palacio de la Zarzuela to preside over the 2012 Premio a la Acción Magistral award ceremony, “…which grants the Fundación de Ayuda contra la Drogadicción (FAD), in collaboration with the Comisión Nacional Española de Cooperación for UNESCO and BBVA, as part of the ‘Homenaje al Maestro’, to highlight the importance of educational work.”

Source: CDSMR

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias Attend the Inauguration of Día Mundial del Turismo 2012.

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias were in San Bartolomé de Tirajana on the island of Gran Canaria to attend the inauguration of Día Mundial del Turismo 2012 (World Tourism Day 2012).

Día Mundial del Turismo 2012 is being held under the theme, Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Drivers of Sustainable Development, which aims to highlight the role of tourism in achieving a more hopeful energy future, a future in which the all of the world’s population has access to modern energy services, efficient and affordable…”

During today’s inauguration Prince Felipe gave a speech noting:

“… tourism is a generator of wealth, according to the latest data, is now up to 9% of world GDP and employs 255 million people. In this sense it is also an important and growing generator jobs, which helps to alleviate the negative effects of the economic crisis, especially unemployment and especially youth unemployment.”

Source: CDSMR

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Attends an Awards Ceremony. (VIDEO)

On September 27, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje attended the Heinekenprijzen and Heineken Young Scientists Awards in the field of science and arts in Amsterdam.

According to RVD:

“The biennial Heineken Prizes (each EUR 150,000, and 50,000 for the art prize) and Heineken Young Scientists Awards ($ 10,000) are available by Dr. HP Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Funds. The Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences selects the winners.”

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Opens the Combi Terminal Twente BV (CTT). (VIDEO)

On Thursday, September 27, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje was in Hengelo to officially open the newly  extended Combi Terminal Twente BV (CTT).

“The CTT is a leading terminal that believes in the power of the combination of container transport by road and water.  The company offers every day or several departures from the port of Rotterdam to Hengelo and vice versa. They also transport to the ports of Amsterdam and Antwerp.”

Please click here to watch a video.

Sources: CTT and RVD

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in Monterey, CA.

On September 26, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived in Monterey, California to participate in the 2012 BLUE Ocean Film Festival’s Conservation Summit.

The panel discussion, held inside the De Anza ballroom at the Portola Hotel, included several well-known environmentalists including Dr. Sylvia Earle, Ms. Celine Cousteau, Dr. Greg Stone and Dr. Jane Lubchenco.

The theme of the discussion: “Sustaining a Healthy Ocean: How Are We Doing, REALLY?”

“Numerous ocean conservation initiatives are going on all around the world.  Are we making a difference? Leaders in Global Ocean Conservation, Governance, Advocacy and Exploration come together to address this question. These thought-leaders provide us with their insight and personal assessment of the current state of the ocean, the progress we are making and the challenges that lay ahead for securing a healthy ocean and future.”

Source: BOFF

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Visits a Museum. (VIDEO)

On September 26, 2012, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf was in Trollhattan where he visited the Saab Automobile Museum.  He had fun.

 

Finally, on September 25, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden was in Alnarp to celebrate  the 150th anniversary of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

And, that’s it.   🙂

Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain Preside Over the Opening of the 2012/2013 Academic Year at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). (VIDEO)

 

 

 

On September 26, 2012, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain presided over the opening of the 2012/2013 academic year at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid.

 

During today’s event His Majesty unveiled a new plaque as well as gave an encouraging speech to the students.

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias Attend the Opening of the XXV Asamblea General del Consejo de Municipios y Regiones de Europa. (VIDEOS)

 

On September 26, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias were in Cádiz to attend the opening of the XXV Asamblea General del Consejo de Municipios y Regiones de Europa (CEMR) held at the Palacio de Congresos de Cádiz.

“The Asamblea General del Consejo de Municipios y Regiones de Europa (CEMR) is the largest organization of local authorities in Europe. Its members are 55 national associations of towns, cities and regions from 40 European countries. Overall, are associations representing more than 100,000 local and regional authorities. CEMR is the European branch of Cities and Local Governments, World Organization of local authorities.

The aim of CEMR is two-fold: to influence European legislation on behalf of local and regional authorities and provide a platform for exchanges between its member associations, their elected representatives and experts.”

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Decentalization, Democracy, Development: Innovating in 3D”  For more information about the Asamblea General del Consejo de Municipios y Regiones de Europa please visit their official website here.

Click here to watch another video.

 

 

Sources: CEMR2012 and CDSMR

His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium Visits the A&S Energy Company. (VIDEO)

On September 26, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium visited the A&S Energy company in Oostrozebeke.  The purpose of his visit was to participate in a working meeting with:

“… experts and industry representatives on the theme of market development of green energy and its integration into the global energy market. 

This visit took place as part of a series of visits by the prince devoted to Belgian companies active in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable development and new technologies.”

Please click here to watch a video.

 

Sources: La Monarchie Belge and Spanogroup.be

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Visits EUROJUST.

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited EUROJUST (the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit) in Den Haag.

Upon her arrival Her Majesty was greeted by the President of EUROJUST, Ms. Michèle Coninsx as well as various staff members.  Her Majesty also met the “… Vice-Presidents, 27 members of EUROJUST, attended a presentation which informed the queen regarding the work of EUROJUST.”  

 

Sources: RVD and Eurojust

Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias and His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias held audiences with representatives from the Asociación Nacional de Centros Promotores de Excelencia (CEX) as well as “…representatives participating in the 6th Edition of the Programa de Visitantes “Futuros Líderes Chinos.”

Meanwhile in Brussels, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium participated in an academic meeting of the Conseil Fédéral du Développement Durable “… in honor of the outgoing President of the Conseil, Mr. Theo Rombouts…” held at the Palais d’Egmont.