Posted on 09 September 2011
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been announced as the new President of WWF-UK at a special event to mark the achievements of The Global Forest Trade Network
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been announced as the new President of WWF-UK. His Royal Highness takes up the role at a key time in WWF’s history - our 50th anniversary - and as we look to the future.
Prince Charles succeeds Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra as President, a post she has held for nearly 30 years. In his new role with WWF, the Prince will be working with WWF-UK on a number of initiatives each year.
“We’re absolutely delighted that The Prince of Wales has chosen to become part of the WWF family in our 50th anniversary year,” says David Nussbaum, WWF-UK Chief Executive. “Prince Charles has long been a champion of environmental issues, working with a variety of organisations, including WWF, to help protect and preserve some of our planet’s most fragile ecosystems and iconic species."
Sustain, nurture and protect
The Presidency was announced at an event at St. James's Palace marking the 20th anniversary of WWF's Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN)
. In a speech at the event
, Prince Charles said "There is an urgent need for all of us to concentrate our efforts on sustaining, nurturing and protecting the Earth's natural capital and, moreover, reshaping our economic systems so that Nature sits at the very heart of our thinking. This is the mission of WWF-UK, and it is my mission as well. I am delighted and touched to be asked to become your new president."
Mr Nussbaum added “We have a shared belief that it’s vital to safeguard the environment for a future where people and nature thrive, in harmony. So it is excellent news that The Prince of Wales has made such a commitment to WWF-UK and our future success. And on behalf of us all at WWF, our sincere thanks to HRH Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, for her valuable support for much of WWF’s first 50 years.”
Prince Charles follows in the footsteps of his father, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the first ever president of WWF in the UK, from 1961 to 1981, and is now President Emeritus of WWF International.