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His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will be the guest of The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Nov. 30, where he will discuss sustainable practices undertaken by the Principality of Monaco and address the need to draw global attention to protect the marine environment.

While in the U.S. capitol, HSH Prince Albert II will attend the Antarctic Treaty Summit at the Smithsonian Museum to deliver the keynote speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the treaty. The international agreement calls for diplomatic management of ten percent of the Earth “for peaceful purposes.”

The only son of Prince Ranier III and Princess Grace, Prince Albert II will follow in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather Prince Albert I, who addressed the Press Club nearly a century ago in 1913 to express appreciation to the press for for helping scientists reach the public with their message.

As sovereign monarch of the world’s second smallest country, Prince Albert II has spotlighted the environment and climate change as key elements of his global policy. In January of this year, Prince Albert embarked on a month-long expedition to Antarctica, consulting with climate-change experts about global warming’s impact on the South Pole. Earlier in 2006, he trekked to the North Pole to evaluate changes in the sea ice of the Arctic.

The Prince is founder and chairman of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which supports sustainable and ethical projects around the world that focus on climate change and developing renewable energies; combating the loss of biodiversity; and water management and fighting desertification.

In recognition of his work on environmental conservation, the Sovereign Prince in October was awarded the “Roger Revelle” at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego, and the Teddy Roosevelt medal at the U.S. Congress

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