After receiving the Legion d’Honneur from the French President, Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse team were honored at a cocktail reception hosted by Chargé d’Affaires Chris Hegadorn and Ambassador of Switzerland to UNESCO Jean-Frederic Jauslin for their contributions to science, exploration, and education.
Chargé Hegadorn highlighted the remarkable achievements made by Bertrand and his team on the first-ever round-the-world solar powered flight.
The Chargé commended their work to advance our understanding of environmental issues and the development of clean technologies. Piccard praised UNESCO as “an important channel and a way to reach children,” adding that a “pioneering spirit is directly linked to education.”
Chargé Hegadorn noted that the U.S. Mission is working to strengthen UNESCO’s role to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design, and Math education for children, particularly girls, and added that Solar Impulse is not only an inspiration but a welcome partner in this effort.
He further welcomed Piccard’s willingness to engage directly with UNESCO for the further advancement of the natural sciences and science education.