Prince Albert to Arctic Frontiers
Monaco’s prince HSH Albert II has confirmed his presence at Arctic Frontiers 2015. The Prince will be among the panellists in an Arctic debate on Sunday January 18th, the opening day of the conference. He will also be attending the policy session on Monday January 19th.
Prince Albert has over the years shown a great interest in Arctic topics, and he has underlined the importance of developing The High North in a sustainable way. The prince is familiar with life north of the Arctic Circle after having visited Finnmark, in the very north of Norway.
Olav Orheim, a former director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, will host the debate where Prince Albert II will take part. Orheim says that the prince plays a vital role in addressing important Arctic issues, and as a head of state, he is able to share his thoughts with important global players. In addition to this, the Prince creates a common interest for life in Arctic regions and gets the message across to a broader public, due to his celebrity status.
Monaco has for more than 100 years been involved in Arctic science. Prince Albert II’s great great grandfather, Prince Albert I, developed as a young man a strong fascination for oceanography and the polar regions. He undertook four scientific expeditions to Svalbard, and lent his support, either financially, or through gifts or loans of oceanographic instruments, to numerous Arctic and Antarctic explorers. His great great grandson is now carrying on the work, and shows that Monaco still has the ability to look north.