Speech by Prince Albert II of Monaco at the convention for the presentation of the Competition for Best Practices launched by Expo Milano 2015.
The direction that he set for us continues to be a point of reference, even if today the methods of sharing knowledge have become very wide-ranging.
It is still as important today as it was then to generate awareness around the benefits of scientific and technical development, as well as their inherent risks.
In this regard, the theme of "Feeding the Planet" espoused by the Exposition in Milan in 2015 seems particularly relevant, and is without doubt, an inescapable responsibility of statesmanship.
The question is to know how – how to feed the Planet – which may well be connected to effective, but short-term processes. That said, we must look beyond how, and examine the more onerous task of identifying the best course of action so that future generations do not suffer for the decisions we make today.
But we are all aware of one thing: constant population growth exacerbates our pursuit of efficient, healthy agricultural and food policies for the benefit of the greatest number of people.
Therefore, it is my firm conviction that it in this area, as in others, we must think in terms of sustainable development.
Improving food security and eliminating hunger are feasible goals, provided there is clear, robust political resolve across the world.
And knowing which best practices we should encourage for a food production that is truly "enduring" is no less important.
So it is with this in mind that we must rally our efforts in research and innovation. We have already acquired skills and know-how, but we must now perfect them and bring them together to serve the greatest number of people, objectively and without bias.
The Feeding Knowledge Program resolutely follows this line and it is in this spirit that the Jury I will chair will examine the projects set before them.
Expo Milano 2015 will give a big media presence to this initiative, which is by no means theoretical. Indeed we want to identify specific projects that, in the next few years, will bring benefits to the most disadvantaged populations. It is for these populations, first and foremost, that the work of the Feeding Knowledge Program attains meaning and value.