Thursday evening, Crown Prince Haakon ended his four-day-long visit to New York. The Crown Prince was in New York from Monday until Thursday to participate in the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Many European royals have travelled to participate in the markings under the auspices of the UN. See a list of all the Royals in New York here.
On Tuesday, His Royal Highness attended the screening of the documentary “The Other Munch” at Lincoln Centre. Here the Crown Prince gave a speech, His Royal Highness said:
“In May last year, my wife and I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Munch exhibition To the Forest at the Munch Museum in Oslo. For me, the exhibition was all about seeing, discovering, about creating and living as an artist through different stages of life. Stages that vary in intensity – some about the end of life, about death – since most of the works were from the later parts of Munch’s life.”
Crown Prince Haakon used Tuesday to highlight the importance of a good management of the sea. “Calculations show that we will be around 10 billion people on the planet by 2050. Ten billion need food, energy and transport. Many of the future’s solutions to the challenges this entails are to find in the ocean. But it depends on our ability to manage the ocean sustainable today”, said the Crown Prince.
Crown Prince Haakon also met WWF on Friday and contributed an interview to a documentary about the ocean. The sea was also the theme of a big reception at the Museum of Modern Art that His Royal Highness attended. At MoMA, there were also some more informal events on the program – like a game of Kahoot with questions about the sea – where Crown Prince Haakon fought against Development Minister Nikolai Astrup.
Some of the final things the Crown Prince did during his tour was to hold a major speech during the conference on sustainable development. The International Conference on Sustainable Development brings together thousands of participants from more than 60 countries to discuss UN’s sustainability goals. They come from many different sectors of society – from academia, the UN, organisational life, the private sector and political life. The other two main speakers at the conference were New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Costa Rica’s President, Carlos Alvarado.
On Friday, the Crown Prince was back at work in Oslo, where he attended the council of state, together with his father, King Harald, at the royal palace.