His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway is the new patron of the Norwegian Refugee Council. This was announced on Wednesday after His Royal Highness received representatives from the organisation in an official audience at the Royal Norwegian Castle in Oslo. This is the Crown Prince’s 14th patronage. He is also the patron of the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association and the Foundation for the Norwegian Air Ambulance, to mention a few.
In a press release on web page of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Secretary General Jan Egeland said: We are grateful that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon has agreed to be patron of the NRC; we see it as an important recognition of our daily work to help people who have been displaced from their homes because of war, conflict and natural disasters.”
“His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon also think it is important to have a big commitment to youth, and he shares our organisations thought of the importance of having a generous and inclusive society where human dignity is valued. These are values we take with us in our international work, where we work for young people affected by war and conflict to have an education, employment opportunities and hope for the future,” said Egeland in the press release.
The Norwegian Refugee Council is the largest humanitarian organisation in Norway. The headquarter of the organisation is located in Oslo, but they have more than 5,000 employees in many assistance programmes in Africa, Asia and South America. The organisation was founded in 1946 to assist refugees in Europe after the Second World War. Crown Prince Haakon has always been committed to helping those who need help, both in Norway and abroad. Last October, he participated in a televised charity event to raise money for the Norwegian Red Cross.