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Crown Prince Haakon visits Liberia to highlight poverty issues

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon concludes his four-day visit to Liberia today. The Crown Prince is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and wanted with to highlight the poverty issues in Liberia this visit.  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.

The Crown Prince has had an eventful visit to Liberia and has tried to meet as many as many locals as possible. The Crown Prince landed in Liberia’s capital Sunday evening and was welcomed by a large crowd. He was greeted by representatives from the government, but also by ordinary people who had survived the Civil War, the Ebola virus and other humanitarian disasters.

Crown Prince Haakon meets some of those who survived the Ebola virus. Photo: Kongehuset / The Royal Court via Instagram.

One of the last events His Royal Highness attended before he left Liberia was a meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In 2003, she became the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa and in 2011, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In connection with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, President Johnson Sirleaf was granted an audience with King Harald, and she also met Crown Prince Haakon.

The Norwegian TV channel NRK is one of the few media outlets that had been allowed to travel with the Crown Prince to Africa. NRK asked His Royal Highness, why he is so concerned about poverty in Africa. The Crown Prince replied, “I think it is important to work with such issues, we must put an end to the extreme poverty in the world”.

His Royal Highness speaks with children from Monrovia. Photo: Kongehuset / The Royal Court via Instagram.

On Tuesday, Crown Prince Haakon met schoolchildren from the poor areas of Liberia. His Royal Highness also experienced what is was like to be transported around Monrovia by the locals. The Crown Prince hitched a ride with “The Pink Panthers”, which is funded by UNDP. UNDP has provided the drivers with driving training, and this is also offered to unemployed women in Liberia.

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 which 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.

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