Albert II de Monaco
Prince of Monaco • Monaco
“I’m appealing to all the major countries concerned to solemnly pledge to protect the Arctic”
Albert II de Monaco has for many years been a committed defender of the polar regions. In July 2005, he retraced the route taken by his great-great-grandfather Albert I to Spitsbergen. In April 2006, he reached the North Pole from Russia’s Barneo camp, driven by sled dogs, and is the first head of State ever to have achieved this. In 2006, he set up his own foundation dedicated to sustainable development and the protection of the environment.