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.
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.
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.”
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.”