Prince Albert is on the final day of his official visit to Japan.
For the past 6 days, Prince Albert and his fiancee Charlene Wittstock have been in Japan, attending the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit. From 18th to 29th October the UN conference gathered together signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity, with the aim of finding ways to stop the continuing loss of species and ecosystems.
Prince Albert spoke to the convention delegates on Thursday, suggesting that the world has become a prisoner of short term decision making, and warning that efforts to secure the survival of biological diversity will not necessarily be popular. He expressed disappointment with lack of progress following the Johannesburg Summit, and the failure to reach agreement at Copenhagen. In conclusion, the Prince expressed his hope that Nagoya would herald a new beginning.