New York City was the host to royals and dignitaries from various countries across the world this week. They were in the United States for meetings with the United Nations.
The royals in New York were King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
King Felipe spoke to the General Assembly on 20 September and met with United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Meanwhile, Queen Letizia met with Director-General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, as well as with Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, who is the executive Director of United Nations Women. She also met Jose Graziano Da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation for Nutrition. She was appointed Special Ambassador for the organisation in June 2015. The Spanish King and Queen were in attendance at the reception hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the gathered Heads of State and government leaders.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia addressed the refugee summit on Monday, 19 September, where he spoke on Saudi Arabia’s role in taking in the refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. He also addressed the General Assembly on 21 September.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden arrived in New York on 19 September, where she first visited the Capsule Fashion Tradeshow to meet with representatives of Swedish brands. That afternoon, the Crown Princess attended the meeting for Mobilizing Action to Implement SDG 14 in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Oceans next year. The next day she attended the 71st General Assembly for the general debate before taking part in a high-level meeting regarding Urban Food Systems: The Nutrition Challenge. More, she was at the launch of the Global Deal on Wednesday and later met with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at the UN Headquarters. That evening she attended the Global Goals Award Dinner.
She wrapped up her trip on 22 September after attending meetings with ambassadors of the Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group. Crown Princess Victoria said, “In my meetings with the other SDG ambassadors I have specifically raised questions concerning water and health, which are the goals that I will follow and work extra to come… In order to manage to meet them requires not only a high tempo but also to all sectors of society involved. Sweden is probably one of the countries fastest to cope with the goals, but there remains a lot of work for us.”
King Abdullah addressed the General Assembly and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. His Majesty told those assembled that both Islamophobia and Islamic terrorists threaten the future of society. His wife, Queen Rania of Jordan attended various meetings. Her Majesty participated in a roundtable discussion, in her capacity as a humanitarian advocate regarding refugees and migrants, about international action on the crisis.
Her Majesty said, “Millions of people have had the misfortune of being born in a place so wracked by violence, poverty, persecution, or insecurity that they had no choice but to leave.” Jordan has taken in 1.3 million people fleeing the violence in Syria since the conflict began. Later that day she participated in the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and then attended the Global Goals Award Dinner that evening.
Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau attended a special panel at the Netherlands Mission to the United Nations on 19 September about ending child marriage. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General for UN Women also participated in the discussions. Princess Mabel, as a member of The Elders, initiated Girls Not Brides in September 2011 as a global partnership committed to ending child marriages. Further, Mabel was photographed crossing the Path2Equality crosswalk outside of the general assembly building. The rainbow crosswalk was created to promote LGBT rights.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was in New York City from 19 to 21 September. On Monday, she spoke at the Women Deliver reception, “Celebrating Solutions. Keeping up the momentum for girls and women.” The Women Deliver Conference was held in Copenhagen in May of this year with Mary as patron. On Tuesday, she participated in a side event, “World Leaders x Young Leaders”. This provided young leaders the opportunity to speak with government representatives, civil society, academia, and the private sector.
She also was in attendance at the High-Level Task Force on ICPD meeting, which the Crown Princess has been a member of since 2012. More, she attended the “Girl, Uninterrupted: Increasing Opportunity During Adolescence” meetings in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. That afternoon, Mary, as patron, spoke at the United Nations Population Fund. On her final day in the United States, Her Royal Highness was taken on a tour of Claus Meyers Nordic market hall in Grand Central Station.
The Royal Danish House announced that Crown Princess Mary, in connection with the UN General Assembly, supported the launch of “a new, international campaign for girls’ and women’s health and rights” with the Deliver for Good international campaign. Denmark was the first country to sign up as donor to the cause. Mary said, “I look forward to supporting the new Deliver for Good campaign, which focuses on 12 key investments in girls’ and women’s health and rights. This is an important campaign, which follows on Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen.”
Just last week, Princess Madeleine of Sweden attended panel discussions on the rights of children at the United Nations, where she also launched a new app on behalf of the World Childhood Foundation in coordination with Darkness to Light and Ericsson. The app is meant to help keep children safe and to educate adults on what to look for in abused and exploited children.