On Tuesday morning, May 8, Prince Albert and his delegation arrived in Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, where they were welcomed by Dr Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University and Dr Alice Aiken, Vice-President of the University.
The Monaco delegation visited the Steele Ocean Sciences Building, home of the International Oceanography Centre called the “Ocean Frontier Institute” which explores the vast potential of the ocean with the aim of devising innovatory and sustainable solutions which respect the principle of blue growth.
Prince Albert visited the ocean and marine research laboratories before speaking in the afternoon during a public debate on the theme “A sea of opportunity”. His Serene Highness congratulated the Institute on the quality of its work on ocean preservation and on the resources deployed to sustain its ambitious programmes, stressing that “if progress is to be made, the oceans need a productive alliance between research and political action” – a challenge which his great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert I, had taken up in his day and which Prince Albert II is pursuing with determination in turn today.
The Sovereign Prince also took part in a question and answer session with students on the economic, social and environmental issues of the oceans as well as on the preservation of marine biodiversity.
To conclude his visit to Nova Scotia, Prince Albert participated in a dinner at the Canadian Forces Base in Halifax. Upon his arrival, he reviewed the troops as the national anthems of Monaco and Canada were played. At the end of the farewell dinner Prince Albert and his delegation took off for Philadelphia in the US.