Prince Philip played key role in creation of Carpathian Convention, WWF says


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WWF International expressed its deep sadness at the passing of Prince Philip, the emeritus president of the organization, who played a key role in the creation of the Carpathian Convention, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away at the age of 99 last week, visited WWF projects in more than 50 countries on five continents, promoting conservation issues at the highest government and corporate levels, and contributing to fundraising and awareness campaigns.

"Today, as we continue our work to globally protect and restore nature in a moment of unprecedented climate change, nature loss and wildlife decline, we thank Prince Philip for his tireless passion and vision. The impact he created will continue to guide us in our work for humans and the planet in the coming years," the organization said in a statement.

Andreas Beckmann, regional CEO, WWF Central and Eastern Europe, highlighted, "Prince Philip played an important role in our region chairing, with the Romanian President, the Green Light for Europe Conference on the future of the environment and sustainable development in the Danube-Carpathian region, held in Bucharest in 2001. The conference was organized by the WWF International Danube-Carpathian Program (the forerunner of WWF Central and Eastern Europe, WWF-CEE) in cooperation with the Romanian Government. The summit brought together 18 heads of state from the broader region and led, among other things, to the establishment of the Convention for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathian Mountains (Carpathian Convention).”

Áder expresses condolences 

On April 9, President of Hungary János Áder sent a telegram to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, expressing his condolences over Prince Philip's death. 

"Allow me to express to Your Majesty the sincere sympathy of the Hungarian people. In these painful hours, we heartily share the grief of the royal family and of their entire country. In Prince Philip we have lost a great friend of our country, who as a public figure and sportsman did much to deepen Hungarian-British relations. His memory will be cherished with respect," Áder wrote according, to, the official website of the Office of the President of the Republic.

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