Oceans are a fundamental element that regulates our climate. They are the beating heart of our planet, of our future.
On November 7, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon was award with the Albert I Grand Medals in Mediation Section for his commitment to the preservation of the oceans, which is the 14th Sustainable Development Goal.
During his tenure as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Co-chair Ban has made the protection of the environment one of the priorities of the actions carried out on an international scale, in particular with the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
He started off his award acceptance speech by thanking Prince Albert II and Albert Foundation,
I am greatly thankful for Prince Albert II of Monaco for his visionary patronage of this award and his longtime advocacy and effort to support all oceans, environment and sustainable development.
The award ceremony was taken place in Oceanographic Museum, and Albert II presented the award to Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and two other winners, Lisa Ann Levin and Violaine Pellichero.
“We have left the time of uncertainty despite the curtains of smoke that some people deploy,”
Prince Albert II said in a speech calling for international political ambition to make progress on action on climate change.
Watch BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon’s award acceptance speech
Watch BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon’s nomination video