Crown Prince Haakon of Norway starts his visit to the Pacific region on Friday. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will visit the nations of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa. The visit will run from 5 April to 11 April.
On his tour of the Pacific nations, Crown Prince Haakon is accompanied by Norway’s Minister for Development, Dag-Inge Ulstein. The purpose of the visit is to strengthen partnerships with small island states in the South Pacific for the promotion of common interests including seas and climate, peace and security.
The Crown Prince and the minister will meet heads of state and governments in the three countries, including the King of Tonga, as well as representatives of civil society, educational institutions, sports and culture, besides the United Nations and other international organisations.
The Royal Court states that the island nations play an increasingly central role in the international effort to meet the global sustainability goals and the Paris Agreement. Norway and the small island nations in the Pacific have a common interest in securing sustainable seas and in dealing with climate challenges. Norway has a strong commitment and plays a leading role in international work on climate and ocean issues. Through this visit, Norway wants to strengthen cooperation with the island states of the Pacific, which have these issues as their core interests.
The Crown Prince will, among other things, speak to students at the University of the South Pacific on Fiji on sustainable development, sea and climate. The programme includes the three countries’ efforts to adapt to increasing challenges related to climate change and rising sea levels, ensure a sustainable sea and work against marine litter. The Crown Prince will meet students from the region, participate in rugby training and visit areas directly affected by rising sea levels.
Royal Central will follow the visit closely and bring you the latest news from Crown Prince Haakon’s tour.