Highlights Green agenda in address at NU
During an official visit to Kazakhstan on November 2, Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the memory of his mother, Princess Grace of Monaco. He was welcomed by President Nazarbayev, with whom he also met separately to discuss bilateral relations between Monaco and Kazakhstan as well as cooperation on the regional and international levels.
The exhibition, “Epoch of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco”, was first opened in Monaco in 2008, on the initiative of Prince Albert, before touring many of the major cities of the world including Amsterdam, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Sao Paolo and Tokyo and attracting high levels of attendance in each.
Among the many exhibits documenting the fascinating life of the Hollywood star are her personal jewelry and her correspondence with Prince Rainier and members of various royal families, as well as with Hollywood luminaries such as Alfred Hitchcock, Bing Crosby and Cary Grant.
The artistic and cultural interests of the Princess who became a patron of the arts are evident from her correspondence with Mstislav Rostropovich, Rudolf Nureyev and Mark Chagall. A unique insight into the life of the Princess is also given through her family home movies and other personal artefacts, from her childhood through to her reign as the Princess of Monaco.
Following their meeting, President Nazarbayev and Prince Albert issued a Joint Declaration praising the ongoing dialogue which exists on many levels between Kazakhstan and Monaco, and highlighting areas of common interest between the two. The leaders pledged to continue working together, within regional and international institutions, to promote global security and stability.
Further development of bilateral economic relations was also a focus during the Prince’s visit and an Agreement on Cooperation was signed by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Kazakhstan and the Monaco Economic Development Chamber.
In his address to the students and academics of Nazarbayev University, the Prince chose to focus on climate change and energy, which he described as the major challenge of this new century. In a heartfelt speech, he outlined the very real dangers posed by climate change, which he has studied for over 20 years as a self-described “environmental activist”.
The Prince highlighted three paths of action to combat the negative impact of climate change: firstly, the development of clean, sustainable, alternative energies; secondly, binding international regulations on environmental protection; and thirdly, supporting smaller-scale initiatives and innovative projects at local level.
The Prince Albert II Foundation, established by the Prince in 2006, has donated millions of dollars to support environmental protection, sustainable development, biodiversity, measures to combat climate change and the promotion of renewable energies. The Principality of Monaco is developing a high-performance model combining innovative energies and energy efficiency, with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.