Crown Prince Haakon of Norway is visiting Colombia from Monday to Wednesday this week. He has been invited to the country because he is a goodwill ambassador for the UN Development Program (UNDP). The visit to Colombia was not announced by the royal court until Monday morning, probably for security reasons.
The UNDP has been fighting poverty worldwide for the last 50 years.
This is only one of many journeys that Norway’s Crown Prince has made in his role as a goodwill ambassador. In December 2017, he conducted a three-day visit to New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Crown Prince Haakon was appointed as a UNDP Ambassador in 2003. During the first 12 years, he worked to promote the Millennium Development Goals, which were evaluated and completed in 2015. Then, the UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The agenda seeks to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and injustice, as well as tackle climate change by 2030. The plan is accompanied by 17 sustainability goals, and the Crown Prince is dedicated to working specifically with Objective 1, aimed at eradicating poverty.
During his time as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP, the Crown Prince has been on working trips to Liberia in 2017, East Timor in 2015, Tanzania in 2014, Zambia in 2013, Haiti in 2012, Nepal in 2011, Botswana in 2009, Mongolia in 2008, Burundi in 2007, Guatemala in 2006 and Sierra Leone in 2005.
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