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3rd Monte-Carlo Gala for the global ocean

On Thursday, September 26, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco presided the third annual Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean with as guest of Honor Robert Redford. Masters of Ceremony Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Andy Garcia and special guests as Patricia Arquette and Chris Tucker came on stage to present exclusive items of the exceptional auction conducted by Simon de Pury. Thanks to the great generosity of the guests and bidders, the auction was a huge success, equivalent to the 2018 edition.  

Gwen Stefani, Andrea Bocelli, Kool & the Gang and Robin Thicke energized the night with their outstanding performances for the privilege of the 800 guests who were served a sophisticated menu by the Michelin-star Chef Philippe Joannes.  

The 2019 theme of this prestigious event, hosted by Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, immersed the attendees in a universe of ice, recalling the environmental challenges that also affect the polar regions. The sake of the Ocean and the Poles being inextricably linked. In his speech, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco highlighted that the Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean was the closing event of a very special week dedicated to the Ocean with the launch of the IPCC special report on Ocean and Cryosphere and the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit.  

This is the time for collective responsibility, a shared commitment, a joint undertaking. This is time for generosity. This is the stage we are at this evening, and it is why I am particularly happy to welcome you all. Particularly grateful to witness your commitment once again this year. And particularly proud of being able to continue with you, and thanks to you, the wonderful work that was carried out after the last two galas.” declared H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. 

The evening also saw Robert Redford presented with the “Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Special Award” in recognition of his career-long commitment to protecting the environment.  

Accepting the prize, the actor, director and producer said, “The information we’ve heard over the course of the last few days, coming out of the United Nations report on the health of our oceans, is yet another reminder that our window of opportunity to change course, is sadly narrowing each and every day. If ever there was a time to raise awareness and inspire actions, it is right now. This is it. This is our only planet. This may be our last chance.”  

In bringing together global philanthropists, policymakers, business leaders, scientists and celebrities, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and his Foundation once again are taking the lead to bring solutions to scale and address the existential crisis facing the world’s Ocean and its impact on our climate.  

All proceeds from the Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean and its auction support the Foundation’s Ocean initiatives, including the development of marine protected areas, the protection of threatened marine species, the mitigation of the impact of climate change and acidification on the Ocean, as well as fight against plastic pollution. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than 55 million euros to initiate or support more than 470 projects around the world.

3rd Monte-Carlo Gala for the global ocean