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Crown Prince Haakon meets Alec Baldwin and King Abdullah in New York


Crown Prince Haakon of Norway is one of several royals who is attending the high-level week of the United Nations in New York. The Crown Prince arrived on Sunday; on Monday, the Crown Prince had a hectic programme, and this continued on Tuesday. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Fund, UNDP, and on Tuesday, he attended the summit on the global sustainability goals.

The Crown Prince’s role as a Goodwill Ambassador is a role he has held since 2003. Until 2015, he worked to promote the Millennium Development Goals. Since then, he has followed up sustainability goals in the same way, with special emphasis on goal number 1: the eradication of extreme poverty.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon with Norwegian press in New York. Photo: The Norwegian Royal Court.

The Crown Prince also took a trip to UNDP’s Manhattan office yesterday. Here he had a meeting with, among others, Ulrika Modeer, who heads the department for “External Relations and Advocacy” in the UN development programme.

The Crown Prince has also met Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, and on Tuesday, he met with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. Together with Norwegian politicians, the royals talked about strategic responses to terrorist and violent extremist in the Middle East. King Abdullah expressed appreciation for Norway’s support for Jordan in developmental sectors.

On Tuesday afternoon, Norway invited different groups to the reception Ocean Wave. This was Norway’s main event during the high level, and they hosted Portugal, Palau, Chile and Kenya. All five countries will hold important conferences on the sea in 2019 and 2020, as the evening’s event references. Crown Prince Haakon first held an introduction and welcome with actor Alec Baldwin, who has also been involved in the fight for the climate.

The high-level week continues through the week, and on Wednesday, Crown Prince Haakon will, among other things, attend a breakfast meeting for “blue leaders” on the occasion of the launch of the UN Climate Panel’s report on ocean and climate.



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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.