In the framework of the successful cooperation between IUM and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, 150 members of the IUM community were cordially invited to attend the Eighth edition of the Foundation’s Award Ceremony that took place on Friday, October 2nd at the Grimaldi Forum.
The “Water Award” was presented to Mr Loïc Fauchon for his remarkable commitment to protect this vital resource, particularly within the World Water Council, the Mediterranean Water Institute and the NGO “TransSahara-Caravanes sans frontiers”.
The “Climate Change Award” was presented to Mr Bill McKibben, writer, ecologist and founder of the association “350.org”, the first worldwide popular movement to focus on climate change.
The “Biodiversity Award” went to Mr Emmanuel de Merode for his outstanding commitment to the protection of biodiversity for the past twenty years in the national parks of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in particular the Virunga Park. His work has involved supporting national park wardens in the field during the civil war which cost the lives of over five million Congolese people.
On the same occasion, the Bachelor in Business and the Bachelor in Communication students enrolled in Prof. Bakardzhieva’s POLS4000 “Sustainable Development and Green Business” course, as well as numerous graduate students and members of the faculty and staff saw the world premiere of the film “LES SAISONS” (Seasons) directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.
The movie, the speeches of the three award winners and the entire ceremony all sent the same unequivocal message – humankind has a turbulent, conflictual relationship with nature and the other living creatures, but it is not too late to reverse this trend and reconcile them for the wellbeing of the generations to come. As highlighted by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco: “At a time when our world is so violent, so unequal, sometimes so painful, each encounter, each exchange of looks are all reasons not to throw in the towel. These meetings are in some ways the motivation for the ceremony this evening. The pleasure of meeting each other and the value of paying tribute to those who inspire us, who show us the way. Those who, through their action, through their thoughts, through their influence, fuel our hopes.”
Written by Prof. Damyana Bakardzhieva, CSR Advisor
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