Yesterday in Rome, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden participated in the “Step it up together with rural women to end hunger and poverty” seminar at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the United Nations. This was part of her and her husband, Prince Daniel’s three-day trip to Italy, which concludes today in Milan.
The Crown Princess Couple were greeted at the FAO headquarters by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Sweden’s Secondary and Education Initiative Minister, Anna Ekström attended a bilateral meeting with the Director-General. After the meeting, Her Royal Highness participated in the seminar moderated by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO’s Assistant Director-General.
The seminar was organised with the purpose of drawing attention to the important role of women in achieving the United Nation’s global sustainability. The Crown Princess spoke during the seminar about the desperate need to end hunger worldwide. She mentioned how the Christmas and the festive season is a time where people all over the world come together to celebrate with family and friends, and she emphasised that this is also the time when “the inequalities of our world become especially clear.”
Her Royal Highness also spoke regarding the world’s growing population and the burden it puts on our ecosystem. The Crown Princess said that we must protect the one world that we have to feed the ever growing population. She explained, “We only have this one, where resources like land and clean water are limited, and where climate change is making the future very difficult to predict.”
Crown Princess Victoria said that she was honoured to have been appointed as “an Advocate to promote the global sustainable development goals.” She also said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to deepen my engagement in the challenges we face – like poverty, inequality and climate change.”
She concluded her speech by urging people to make the right decisions and quickly for the planet. Her Royal Highness finished by saying, “We all have a responsibility, so let’s take that responsibility to support those willing to take the leadership: in making the decisions needed for our Planet, our future, and for the coming generations!”
The FAO works to eradicate hunger and poverty across the world and has 194 member countries.