Chargé d’Affaires Hegadorn and Swiss Ambassador host a reception in honor of Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse team

Chargé Hegadorn greets Bertrand Piccard


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.

Swiss Ambassador to UNESCO Jean-Frederic Jauslin with Bertrand Piccard