It is a special pleasure for me to congratulate the whole team of the Global Energy Prize on the15-th anniversary since its initiation!
In life of an institution, it is a very short period time; however, during this period you have achieved a lot as the Global Energy Prize has become nowadays an internationally recognized award that embodies scientific achievement of the highest quality and strive for new knowledge.
Given this, I would like to commend you and your respective colleagues for your considerable efforts in establishing and promoting high standards of scientific research in such a vital area as energy. Science has always played a key role in bringing people together since it has no boarders. And in this context, I am glad that the Global Energy award was established by the Russian Federation.
I am especially pleased that this year a researcher from my country, Prof. Michael Gratzel, received this prestigious award. It really brings into the focus the good relations that Switzerland and Russia have always been enjoying!
Once again, I would like to wish you and your colleagues all the best in your honorable mission.
Embassador of Switzerland