100th anniversary of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)

Published on 21 June 2021 at 14:22 - Modified the 7 February 2022 at 17:26

The hundredth anniversary of the International Hydrographic Bureau was celebrated today. This morning, guests were welcomed to the IHO terrace, where they listened to a speech given by the organisation’s Secretary-General Dr Mathias Jonas.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, H.E. Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, and Mr Laurent Kerléguer, Director-General of the French Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOM), also gave speeches highlighting the pioneering work of Prince Albert I, the importance of scientific understanding and the urgent need to protect the oceans, an issue which goes to the heart of climate change. H.S.H. Prince Albert II unveiled a plaque commemorating the work of Prince Albert I.

This programme was followed by a visit from the Italian Navy’s training ship, the Amerigo Vespucci, and a webinar on the future of hydrography and implications for the IHO’s work.