Panda Ball 2011 – Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, Geneva
As part of WWF’s yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary, the conservation organization has hosted a special edition of the Panda Ball in presence and under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. Organized with the generous support of Chopard, the Panda Ball was held on 3 September, 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices.
The gala evening also celebrated the UN International Year of Forests, acknowledging the crucial role of forests in building a future where humanity lives within the Earth’s ecological limits. WWF is advocating a target of near zero deforestation by 2020, down from the current rate of 13 million hectares of forest lost each year – an area more than three times the size of Switzerland.
“With political will and a commitment to sustainable farming, forestry and consumption, the world can provide resources for a growing population, while conserving the habitats and species that share our planet,” said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International.
The forest theme was brought to life for the 300 Panda Ball guests through Chopard’s stunning forest-themed décor made from reused, recyclable or sustainably sourced materials. On display were selections from photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand’s exhibition, “Of Forests and People”, which illustrates the beauty of people and wilderness.
During the evening, a charity auction was conducted by Simon de Pury, one of the world’s most renowned auctioneers, helping to raise funds for WWF’s conservation work. Kirsty Bertarelli, the evening’s musical artist performed a live acoustic set including her new single, “Green”, which she dedicated to WWF as a conservation anthem. Proceeds from the event will support WWF conservation projects around the world.
Pictures of the event can be viewed: www.studiocasagrande.com
Event code: wwf50ge
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