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Crown Princess Mette-Marit meets female entrepreneurs

Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, met female entrepreneurs yesterday at Skistua in Trondheim who “supply solar lamps, highly absorbent feed sheets and other solutions to the United Nations work in crisis areas,” according to the Norwegian Royal Court.

The Crown Princess witnessed the signing, alongside Foreign Minister Børge Brende, of a new agreement between United Nations Women and Innovation Norway which aims to “ensure more such good and forward-looking solutions to strengthen women’s health and position of developing countries” in line with the UN’s sustainability goals and their global contribution, explained the Court. Before the signing, the leaders of innovative Norwegian businesses exhibited their solutions to Mette-Marit and those gathered.

Witnessing the signing of the new agreement between the deputy director of UN Women Yannick Glemarec and CEO of Innovation Norway Anita Krohn Traaseth. Photo: InnovationNorway (CC BY-NC 2.0) via Flickr

Mette-Marit also attended roundtable discussions about how women’s health around the world can be improved through innovation after having arrived with the large Norwegian delegation by horse-drawn sleigh. They were able to warm up from the freezing temperatures with hot chocolate, waffles, porridge, and other traditional Norwegian foods.

The Crown Princess (centre) arrives with the Norwegian delegation in the freezing temperatures. Photo: InnovationNorway (CC BY-NC 2.0) via Flickr

Her Royal Highness warming up inside and speaking with the attendees at Skistua. Photo: InnovationNorway (CC BY-NC 2.0) via Flickr

Crown Princess Mette-Marit told those in attendance, “I am very proud that Norway is often taking a lead in finding good solutions and forming public-private partnerships in the field. Norway has a long tradition of working in and with developing and vulnerable countries and we are committed to the Global Goals.

“In line with this tradition, we are gathered here today to celebrate a historic partnership being formed between Innovation Norway and UN Women. Because both institutions believe that if these goals are pursued in partnerships, it will lead to greater and more widely shared prosperity for all by 2030.”

The Crown Princess viewing an innovation on display yesterday in Trondheim. Photo: InnovationNorway (CC BY-NC 2.0) via Flickr

Her Royal Highness is committed to the improvement of women’s health and works with the initiative through her commitment to the Maverick Collective, which she co-founded and of which she is the co-chair. They explain they mission on their website as “building a global community of strategic philanthropists and informed advocates who use their intellectual and financial resources to create change.”

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