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H.S.H. Prince Albert is Keynote Speaker at Our Ocean Conference Hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014


June 16-17, 2014 — In an important and significant visit for His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, his Foundation for the environment, and for the Principality, Monaco’s Sovereign traveled to Washington, D.C. this week as a special guest of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s “Our Ocean” initiative. Prince Albert was the key note speaker at a luncheon on Tuesday, June 16 at the State Department. Other notable attendees included President Tommy Remengesau of the Republic of Palau, Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz of Chile, Foreign Minister Borge Brende of Norway, Togo’s Foreign Minister Robert Dussey, and President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank. As well as participating in high-level discussions, Prince Albert held a bi-lateral meeting with, and attended a press briefing alongside Secretary Kerry (see more at: The “Our Ocean” conference ( convened world leaders, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international ocean and foreign policy communities to gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives, and demonstrate effective actions. Topics and panelists included Exploring, Understanding & Conserving Our Ocean with Philippe Cousteau (EarthEcho International), Margaret Leinen  (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), and Enric Sala (National Geographic).

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Sunnylands & Scripps Oceanography Plan A Retreat to Address Rising Sea Levels & Ocean Acidification Issues

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Prince Albert II of Monaco

Prince Albert II of Monaco

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will host an important retreat in October 2014 to address two of the most pressing issues impacting our planet—rising sea levels and ocean acidification, which are both linked to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and their impact on the climate. The retreat will take place at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California.

The retreat is convened by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Margaret Leinen, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences at UC San Diego, and Geoffrey Cowan, president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, USC University Professor and director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

The retreat at Sunnylands will be followed—for the first time in the United States—by the seventh edition of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards recognizing excellence in the three main areas of the foundation’s mission: climate change and renewable energies, biodiversity, and integrated and sustainable water management together with the fight against desertification. It will be a star-studded evening featuring His Serene Highness Prince Albert, along with the brightest scientists, environmentalists, explorers, teachers, policy and government officials, major donors, politicians and leading lights from arts and entertainment, who all have one goal: to applaud and award three individuals or organizations whose efforts have vastly and sustainably improved the quality of all our lives. ( )

The small, select group of participants will include leading policymakers, scientists, engineers and other public figures. In the Sunnylands tradition, identities of retreat participants will not be released in advance.

“For thousands of years, humanity has considered the sea as an infinite source of wealth, which was easy to exploit with no concern about its renewal. We now know that these vast expanses are not infinite. Above all, we know that our activities will have repercussions on them. Preservation of the environment cannot be accomplished against humans, on the contrary: it can only work by establishing a sustainable model, capable of reconciling the legitimate goals of population development and the impassable requirements of nature,” said Prince Albert. “By preserving the environment, and in particular the oceans which cover more than 70 per cent of the world’s surface, it is simply a question of making sure that future generations live on a planet which is not hostile towards them.”

“The Annenbergs created Sunnylands to foster international agreement on critical challenges facing our nation and world,” said Geoffrey Cowan. “While other important meetings have addressed mitigating emissions of greenhouse gases, there is also an urgent need to encourage the development of adaptation strategies. The October retreat will enable a gathering of top minds to provide leadership for adaptation strategies, with a special focus on the Pacific.”

“Sea-level rise is a key climate change impact that is already demanding adaptation at the local, regional, and global scale. Sea-level rise is flooding streets in low-lying communities, resulting in enhanced erosion of shoreline cliffs threatening infrastructure, and inundating critical shoreline habitats, and causing severe damage during storms. Geographic regions and governments are struggling to build capacity to address this global high-level challenge,” said Margaret Leinen. “This retreat will bring together key individuals who can accelerate global efforts to respond to this crisis.”

Scripps Oceanography has produced a video along with detailed background information on these issues, which can be found online at

About the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
In June 2006, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco decided to set up his Foundation in order to address the alarming threats hanging over our planet’s environment. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation works for the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development. The Foundation supports initiatives conducted by public and private organizations within the fields of research, technological innovation and activities to raise awareness of the social issues at stake. It funds projects in three main geographical regions: the Mediterranean Basin, the Polar Regions, and the Least Developed Countries. The Foundation’s efforts focus on three main sectors: climate change and renewable energies, biodiversity, and integrated and sustainable water management together with the fight against desertification. For more information, please visit

About The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which operates The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating entity. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands hosts high-level retreats that address serious issues facing the nation and the world, including the 2013 meeting between President Obama and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China. In addition, Sunnylands offers programs through the Sunnylands Center & Gardens to educate the public about the history of Sunnylands, its architecture, art collections, cultural significance, and sustainable practices. For more information, visit

About Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of about 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $170 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates robotic networks and one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 425,000 visitors each year. For more information, visit



Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation: Amélie Huré, 00377-98-98-44-44 (
The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands: Geoffrey Baum, 760-202-2283 (
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego: Cindy Clark, 858-534-3624 (

H.S.H. Princess Charlene Honored in the U.S.A.

Monday, April 28th, 2014

EXCLUSIVE-Tustin: Safer 3 Water Safety Challenge with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.On Tuesday 29 April 2014, H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco will receive the “Champion of Children Award” in Los Angeles at the 26th Annual Spring Luncheon organised by The Colleagues at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She will be presented with the award by the Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon during the event hosted by the actress and model, Angie Harmon.

Created in 1950, The Colleagues is an association of women helping to combat child abuse. Over the years the award has been presented to individuals including Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford and Audrey Hepburn. The proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Children’s Institute Inc. which takes care of over 20,000 children in the Los Angeles area.

On 27 April, H.S.H. Princess Charlene took part in a “Water Safety” and “Learn to Swim” day organised by Her Foundation in Tustin, California in partnership with the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation. Accompanied by five-time Olympic medallist Dara Torres, one of Her Foundation’s ambassadors, She met with disadvantaged children from the “Village of Hope” at the Blue Buoy Swim School. Due to the support of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the children at this centre will enjoy swimming lessons throughout the year.

“The Safer 3 Water Safety Challenge” then brought together the young and not-so-young in drowning prevention projects.

The Princess also used the occasion to present five rescue boards to the International Surf Lifesaving Association. These rescue boards, specially designed by Her Foundation, will be distributed across the United  States where drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children under five years.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation aims to promote the practice of sport, as a vehicle for education and development in children. Its main objective is to save lives by combating drowning. The Foundation has set itself the mission of raising public awareness about the dangers of the water, educating children and teaching them to swim.

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Caption: EXCLUSIVE – Princess Charlene of Monaco attends the Safer 3 Water Safety Challenge at Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin, USA-27/04/14. Photo by David Niviere/Sipa Press/Palais Princier.

Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle Presents Her Letter of Credence to President Barack Obama at White House Ceremony

Thursday, December 5th, 2013


December 5, Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle is the Principality’s new emissary to Washington DC following her appointment by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. The Ambassador conveyed Prince Albert’s assurances of his highest consideration to President Barack Obama and his family, as she officially tendered her letter of credence to the President in a ceremony at the White House this week.

In congratulating Ambassador Maccario Doyle on her appointment and welcoming her family, President Obama outlined the importance of the two-country alliance built upon personal ties, shared values, and mutual cooperation.  The President acknowledged Prince Albert’s commitment to the protection of the environment and the important work of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. He also cited the Ambassador’s distinguished record of philanthropy and cultural outreach, stating it would ensure the relationship between Monaco and the United States would continue to flourish in the years to come.

Ambassador Maccario Doyle, the first woman to hold the post at the Embassy which opened in 2006, has served as Consul General of Monaco in New York since 1997 and head of the Principality’s Tourism Board in North America since the early 1990s. As a founding member of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA, she currently serves as its Vice President.

An engaging and highly accomplished diplomat and business woman, Ambassador Maccario Doyle has been a dedicated and skillful advocate for Monaco. Prince Rainier awarded her with Monaco’s distinguished Chevalier de l’Ordre de Saint-Charles in 1996. She is also a vigorous supporter of various humanitarian causes uniting Monaco with the United States. Her impressive track record as fund-raiser and organizer of charitable, philanthropic and cultural events is combined with a deep understanding of European and North American cultures.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to represent His Serene Highness, the Princely family and the Principality of Monaco. I’m deeply grateful to Prince Albert for his nomination. As great friends and staunch allies, Monaco and the United States will continue to forge lasting links with a sense of mutual respect and esteem,” said Ambassador Maccario Doyle.

“Our two countries share a strong commitment to international cooperation. Various collaborations and endeavors reflect the many ties that continue to unite Monaco and the United States in the pursuit of both nations’ shared interests and ideals,” she added.

“The memory of American-born Princess Grace has thrived since her wedding to Prince Rainier in 1956, and the Princess Grace Foundation-USA continues to celebrate the artistic legacy of Grace Kelly. Americans have come to the Principality in ever-increasing numbers and they currently represent one of the top five nationalities visiting Monaco.”

Among her many civic and charitable posts, Ambassador Maccario Doyle serves as a member of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Professional Advisory Board (since 2004) and their International Advisory Council (since 2011). In recognition of her leadership following the events of September 11, 2001, Prince Albert presented her with the International Police Association – Diploma of Honor (Monaco Chapter).


Embassy of Monaco: Lorenzo Ravano,

US press: Elle Berdy,

Timeless Monaco Exhibition In NYC On Now Showcases Stars In This Iconic Destination

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

La _troupedes_Ballets_du_Sporting Club(c)Gea-CasolaraGrace, Cary, and Audrey join Churchill, Dali, Sinatra and some of the most famous names of the stage, screen and sports in a unique retrospective – free and open to the public – combining two-photographic-exhibitions-in-one to celebrate the 150-year history of Monte-Carlo, on now through September 28 at The Forbes Galleries at 62 Fifth Ave in New York City. Monaco’s Consulate General and Tourist Office in New York present  Monte-Carlo Legends, a celebration of vintage images featuring iconic personalities from the past who have helped write the Monte-Carlo story.Sourced from the archives of the Prince’s Palace, Monte-Carlo SBM and the Automobile Club of Monaco, sporting greats including Juan Fangio, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Suzanne Lenglen and Fred Alexander, pose alongside international cultural icons of the 20th century who are so well-known they only need one name: Balanchine, Burton, Chaplin, Colette, Cocteau, Hitchcock, McQueen, Nureyev, Piaf, Sellers and Wayne.

“We are delighted to present this wonderful collection of images to the visitors at The Forbes Galleries, and to celebrate the iconic people who have played such an important role in a century and a half of Monte-Carlo style,” said Maguy Maccario Doyle, consul general and director of the Monaco Government Tourist Office (North America).

“The story of Monte-Carlo started 150 years ago on a rocky hill where farmers grew olive trees and shepherds led their flocks to graze. In 1863, Prince Charles III established, by Sovereign Decree, the Société des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Etrangers, now known as Monte-Carlo SBM, and launched the Casino de Monte-Carlo, marking a turning point in Monaco’s history. In the ensuing years, luxury hotels and restaurants opened their doors, and the legend of Monte-Carlo (Mount Charles) has flourished ever since.”

Juxtaposing this black and white collection is Forever Monte-Carlo by renowned Italian photographer and video-maker Gea Casolaro.  In this series of original artworks commissioned by Monte-Carlo SBM to celebrate their 150th anniversary, personalities from the past, who helped forge the legend and shape the dream that Monte-Carlo embodies, merge with the present. Casolaro plays with the notions of space and time by overlapping two images marked by a shared place and telescoping them into a single image, the past becomes the present. The black and white portions of each image are from the archives of Monte-Carlo SBM and the color portions feature current Monte-Carlo SBM employees who cheerfully volunteered to pose for the artist.

“With Forever Monte-Carlo I wanted to pay tribute to all the people who have contributed, and are contributing every day, to keep the myth of the Principality alive, from big stars to all of the people working behind the scenes,” Casolaro said.

Casolaro, who lives and works in Italy and France has exhibited her work in many important European galleries in London, Milan, Potsdam, Prato, Rome, and many others along with prestigious venues in countries around the world including Turkey, India, New Zealand, and China since 1994 In 2009, the artist was selected to be a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Her project explored relationships between cinema and daily life in the French capital.

Also included in Timeless Monaco are two whimsical works — Gamblers in the Casino at Monte-Carlo (1905) and Roulette at Monte-Carlo (1909) — by famous 19th century French illustrator and caricaturist, Georges Goursat, known as SEM (1863–1934), who rose to fame during the Belle Époque era. He published three Monte-Carlo series in the early 1900s depicting the high society of the time.

With its sunny skies, sparkling Mediterranean Sea and sumptuous architecture, Monaco has been a premiere location for movie-makers since the early days of cinema. To accompany this extraordinary collection of still images, a montage of 150 clips from films shot in the Principality and compiled by students from The Factory film school in Lyon, France, called Monte-Carlo Fait Son Cinéma (“Monte-Carlo At The Movies”), will be screened in the Galleries’ Club Room.

Monte-Carlo Legends follows the success of another recent photographic exhibition, Mythical Monte-Carlo, which showcases the remarkable architecture of this captivating Principality as seen through the lens of award-winning documentary photographer Gabriele Basilico (1944-2013). Mythical Monte-Carlo is on view at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Gallery in New York through August 23. (

Timeless Monaco and Monte-Carlo Legends are organized by the Consulate General of Monaco and the Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York, with Monte-Carlo SBM and Forbes Media, and with the support of Archives Monte-Carlo SBM, Archives of the Princely Palace of Monaco, Automobile Club de Monaco, Histoire d’Entreprises, The Forbes Galleries, The Gallery Apart, and the Princess Grace Foundation – USA. Additional support is provided by Champagne Paul Goerg, Le Club Diamant Rouge de Monaco, Nespresso USA, Swiss International Air Lines and Tesla.

Photo credit: La_troupedes_Ballets_du_Sporting_Club_1958 (c) Gea_Casolaro


What: Monte-Carlo Legends and Forever Monte-Carlo Photographic Exhibitions
When: Saturday, August 10 – Saturday, September 28, 2013
Where: The Forbes Galleries – 62 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street), New York City
Admission: Free and open to the public: Tues–Sat: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Information: Transportation: | 212- 206-5549  www.MonacoTakesNewYork.comSubway: From the East Side of Manhattan: Take 4, 5, 6, N, R train to 14th St. and walk two blocks west to Fifth Ave. then continue walking two blocks south to 12th St. From the West Side of Manhattan: Take A, C, E, B, D, 1, or 9 train to 14th St. then walk East to Fifth Ave. and continue two blocks south to 12th St. Bus: From uptown locations take M1, M2, M3 bus down Fifth Ave. to 14th St. and walk two blocks south to 12th St. From downtown locations: take M6 bus up Sixth Ave. to 14th St. and walk one block east and two blocks south.