Putting his reputation as an explorer and his sensitivity as a doctor at the service of progress, the environment and quality of life.
A humanitarian, Bertrand Piccard believes that a pioneering spirit of innovation is needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Whether it be for protecting the environment, finding ways of reducing inequalities, or combating poverty, he always encourages his interlocutors to adopt alternative ways of thinking and acting, and to focus on comprehensive solutions rather than problems. In support of this approach, he strives to rally the forces involved, raise public awareness and encourage political action.
His is a respected voice in the most important institutions around the world, such as the United Nations, the European Institutions, the COP, the World Economic Forum ... His commitment has earned him several distinctions, including Champion of the Earth and UN Goodwill Ambassador, for over 10 years now.
His most famous exploit, the first round-the-world trip in a solar airplane, allowed him to demonstrate the immense potential of clean technologies and renewable energies and to become a credible ambassador on the themes of innovation and sustainable development. Bertrand Piccard is convinced that the ecological transition cannot come at the expense of growth and comfort, and was one of the first - in the 2000s - to approach ecology through the prism of the economy.
Knowing that sustainable development goes beyond protecting the planet's resources, Bertrand is committed in his capacity as a doctor to poverty-reduction programs. First in Africa, with his Winds of Hope Foundation: he founded this after his round-the-world balloon trip to raise awareness among the general public and the authorities about the existence of Noma, a disease associated with extreme poverty. And then also, for 12 years, in his capacity as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
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