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Crown Prince Haakon to travel to Liberia with the UN

The Royal Norwegian Court has announced that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon will conduct a four-day trip to Liberia next week as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. The journey will start on Sunday and will last until Wednesday. The Crown Prince has been very involved in the work of the United Nations in the last few years and has conducted numerous trips to several parts of the world to highlight the important tasks that the United Nations performs.

In December of last year, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway conducted a three-day visit to New York. His Royal Highness visited New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This is an organisation that the Crown Prince supports, and he has been the organisation’s goodwill ambassador since 2003. The UNDP has been fighting poverty worldwide for the last 50 years.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon at Akershus Castle. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

During Crown Prince Haakon’s stay in New York last year he held a speech during the dinner held in honour of UNDP. In his moving speech, Crown Prince Haakon told the crowd why he chose to engage in their work. Many years ago, when the Crown Prince visited Durban, South Africa, he met a couple who were both HIV-positive. They could not afford medication and knew that they would soon die.

The man he met was named Cedric, and right before the Crown Prince left, Cedric took hold of the Crown Prince’s hand. Cedric had many children and did not know what was going to happen with them when he died. He said to the Crown Prince, “Please, do everything you can for people like me.” This was the event that inspired the Crown Prince to engage in humanitarian work.

The Royal Norwegian court has not published any information on what the Crown Prince will do during his visit to Liberia or in which cities he is going to stay. The Crown Prince has, together with UNDP, visited ten different nations in Africa, Asia and South America. UNDP and the international community achieved much through the Millennium goals. With sustainability goals, all countries, not just developing countries, have become a part of the promise. And we all have an opportunity to contribute to reaching today’s most ambitious goal: to end poverty by 2030.

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