His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will travel on an official visit to Jordan in September this year; this was announced today by the Norwegian Royal Court in cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Department of Foreign Affairs.
During the visit to Jordan, Crown Prince Haakon will open the Norwegian supported Sahara Forest Project. Together with UNICEF, the Crown Prince will visit educational institutions for Syrian children in Jordan. The Crown Prince will also open a greenhouse in the Norwegian supported facility for the Sahara Forest Project. The plant will produce food, fresh water and renewable energy in the Jordanian desert.
The Crown Prince is the royal patron for the Norwegian state television NRK’s charity campaign, which in 2017 goes to UNICEF’s work to provide education to children affected by war and conflict. Together with UNICEF, Crown Prince Haakon will visit education centres and schools for Syrian refugees in Jordan. It is unclear whether the Crown Prince will visit members of the Jordanian Royal Family, but it is unlikely.
The entire royal family in Norway has participated a lot in the charity broadcast from the state television channel – an annual broadcast that goes on a whole evening on Norwegian television.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon has been to Jordan many times before to also focus on aid work in the Arab countries. In 2012, the Crown Prince participated with members of the Jordanian Royal Family in the ceremony which marks Jordan being cleared of land mines. Also during this visit in 2012, Crown Prince Haakon focused on the Sahara Forest Project. His Royal Highness was present when the project presented the results of its opportunity studies at a seminar in Amman.
In April this year, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon went on a four-day visit to Liberia as a part of his role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. On this journey, the Crown Prince highlighted the poverty issues in the country.