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Josefine 10-18-2003 04:05 AM

Haakon's As the United Nation's Development Program (UNDP) Ambassador
 
www.aftenposten.no

Crown prince backs anti-poverty cause

Crown Prince Haakon has agreed to become a so-called "goodwill ambassador" for the United Nations' Development Program (UNDP). The goal is to fight poverty worldwide.

Mark Malloch Brown, who leads the UN program, said he was glad to have Norway's crown prince on board.

"Norway has for many years shown special leadership within development aid," he said, adding that celebrity ambassadors inspire others and put a human face on the effort.

Crown Prince Haakon said he looked forward to put the spotlight on poverty issues both in Norway and internationally.

"I hope I can devote more time to this over the next year," he said, adding that he'd first like to become more acquainted with what UNDP is doing. Then he'd like to travel to see some of the projects it's sponsoring.

The crown prince was the keynote speaker at an anti-poverty conference in Oslo on Thursday. He stressed that poverty breeds sickness, terror and violence.

He said he'd like to focus on health and education programs during his year as goodwill ambassador.

Dennism 04-21-2004 11:07 PM

Haakon's trip to Tanzania
 
Aftenposten

Crown Prince Haakon's trip to Tanzania got off to a remarkably rocky start on Tuesday as the visit was dogged by a series of unfortunate developments. The royal baggage went missing, the president had to leave town and a university was canceled due to rioting, newspaper VG reported.

"Most of what could go wrong, went wrong," Inge Herman Rydland at the Norwegian embassy in Tanzania told the newspaper.

A meeting with Tanzania's president Benjamin William Mkapa had to be canceled when Mkapa had to travel abruptly to parliament in Dodoma for budget negotiations.

This resulted in a lengthier visit with Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye, but the planned royal gifts to the PM and a HIV/AIDS center in Dar es Salaam had to be skipped since these went missing with the crown prince's luggage.

The most worrying disruption to the planned tour was a violent riot at the University of Dar es Salaam just hours before Crown Prince Haakon was scheduled to visit. Police used tear gas on students protesting new rules concerning loans.

The crown prince visited an AIDS treatment center in Dar es Salaam, where he was clearly moved by his meeting with children and infants born with the disease.

Crown Prince Haakon is on a four-day trip to Tanzania. The crown prince is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' development program (UNDP) and has extended his stint until the end of 2005.



Crown Prince Haakon greets five-month old Issa at the Pasada HIV/AIDS center in Dar es Salaam while the boy's mother Moshi Mohamedi looks on.

photo

Fireweaver 04-23-2004 10:59 AM

The image of the crown prince with the children was very moving.

Bubbette 05-20-2004 11:45 AM

Lots of photos of Haakon in Africa:
http://www.aftenposten.no/english/lo...icle778192.ece http://www.aftenposten.no/english/bildeser...ticle781710.ece

norwegianne 02-07-2005 05:31 AM

Haakon in Sierra Leone '05
 
Crown Prince Haakon will be landing in Sierra Leone this evening. Since he will be landing rather late, it has been deemed unsafe for him to be taken into Freetown (the capital), rather he shall have to spend the night at an hotel by the airport.

For as short time as three-four years ago, Sierra Leone was judged the most dangerous country in the world. Freetown is situated on a penisula, and isn't safe to travel to by night. The other option would be to take the Crown Prince in by helicopter, but because of Snipers this option was nixed.

http://www.vg.no/pub/vgart.hbs?artid=102576

trinny 02-08-2005 01:07 AM

Aaaaah Haakon, be still my beating heart! ;)

KikkiB 02-08-2005 06:24 PM

CP Haakons visit to Sierra Leone
 
CP Haakon is visiting Sierra Leone as a Goodwill ambassador to the UN (I think something to do with developement). He will be there from 7/2 - 11/2. I saw a clip of him on the news. And I'll try to find some photos from the visit. If others have photos from the visit please post :)

pdas1201 02-08-2005 06:35 PM

From Civil War to Peace And Development: Norwegian Prince to Visit Sierra Leone

January 26, 2005
Posted to the web January 31, 2005


Confidential sources have disclosed the visit of HRH Crown Prince Haakon's to Sierra Leone beginning 7-11 February, describing it as a meeting between the country being on top of UNDPs list of Human Development, and the country being on the bottom.

11 years of civil war had catastrophic consequences for Sierra Leone, among which is the life expectancy at birth dropping to 34 years, but assistance from UN peacekeeping forces (UNAMSIL) has brought peace to the country and the rebuilding is on track.

His Royal Highness The Norwegian Crown Prince of Norway will be visiting Sierra Leone in his capacity as Good Will Ambassador for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Sierra Leone was almost destroyed by a civil war that lasted 11 years and was officially ended in 2002.

During the war over 50% of the population was expelled from their homes and more than 50,000 were killed.

The war had enormous consequences on the level of development: the maternal mortality ratio became the highest in the world and the number of children registered in schools dropped dramatically.

Only 36% of the children in Sierra Leone carry through primary school, compared to 100% in Norway.

While life expectancy in Sierra Leone is 34 years, it is 79 years in Norway.

57% of the population in Sierra Leone lives for less than 1 USD a day.

The programme for HRH The Norwegian Crown Prince will focus on the transition from violent conflict to peace and long-term development.

The Crown Prince will among other things meet ex-combatants now participating in the work of collecting illegal weapons, and will also visit prisons and meet prisoners who are convicted for crimes committed during the civil war.

The programme also includes a visit to Kono where the so-called "blood diamonds" are being found- the natural recourses that contributed to the extension of the war.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan recently launched a report on the security in the world and the need of a reform of the UN system. Sierra Leone is one of the countries where UN peacekeeping forces have contributed to securing peace and security after 11 years of civil war. Following the end of the war in 2002, local elections and presidential elections have been pulled off peacefully.

More than 500,000 refugees have returned to their homes and the government has carried through extensive reforms.

Thousands of young soldiers have been demobilized, and together with other partners UNDP is working to give them education and work experience, making them able to have a civilian livelihood.

The Goodwill Ambassador, HRH Crown Prince Haakon, was appointed Good Will Ambassador for UNDP in 2003, and since the pronouncement he has visited UNDP in New York, Tanzania and Cambodia.

The focus of his work for UNDP is the Millennium Development Goals that were approved by the world's leaders at the UN Millennium summit in September 2000.

The Millennium Development Goals consist among others of a promise to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and to halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day.

KikkiB 02-10-2005 03:45 PM

It is quite interesting to see how much less media coverage CP Haakons visit to Africa get than CP Mette-Marits :( And both trips brings awareness to important issues!

Ava Elizabeth 02-10-2005 04:01 PM

God point, KikkiB!! Thats too bad!

norwegianne 02-10-2005 04:12 PM

Well, TV2 has a team there... I caught him on the news tonight, as he was congratulating the Prince of Wales on his impending marriage.

Dennism 02-10-2005 04:17 PM

Bravo to the Crown Prince for going to Sierra Leone. I hope there will be more coverage so that people donīt forget about this troubled land.

norwegianne 02-12-2005 05:56 AM

http://www.vg.no/pub/vgart.hbs?artid=266451

The cars of the Crown Prince and the people along with him, were stoned in Sierra Leone. It happened because the people assumed that it was the president of the country, or some spoiled rich person, as the police car who had been travelling the route beforehand had hit a person. When the two police-men had left their car to check, they had been met by a mob of people and escaped. The police car wasn't as lucky.

The people are furious because of the high corruption in the country.

They did not realise that it was the cars of an UN delegation they stoned, and not one of their own.

The Crown Prince's car was not hit, but it might have been fairly gruesome as he wasn't in an armoured car, and sitting on the side of the car as the stones were coming from.

norwegianne 02-12-2005 05:59 AM

http://www.vg.no/pub/vgart.hbs?artid=266452

The gist of the article: Crown prince Haakon met people who had suffered from the civil war in the country. Some had had their arms amputated. 420 of them have received help from Norway to get housing and a new start in life, and 600 of them are waiting for more help from Norway...

norwegianne 02-12-2005 06:01 AM

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Pictures from the meeting with the people who have had their arms amputated.

Dennism 02-12-2005 11:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by norwegianne
http://www.vg.no/pub/vgart.hbs?artid=266451

The cars of the Crown Prince and the people along with him, were stoned in Sierra Leone. It happened because the people assumed that it was the president of the country, or some spoiled rich person, as the police car who had been travelling the route beforehand had hit a person. When the two police-men had left their car to check, they had been met by a mob of people and escaped. The police car wasn't as lucky.

The people are furious because of the high corruption in the country.

They did not realise that it was the cars of an UN delegation they stoned, and not one of their own.

The Crown Prince's car was not hit, but it might have been fairly gruesome as he wasn't in an armoured car, and sitting on the side of the car as the stones were coming from.

What an amazing story. Luckily, the Crown Prince was okay but thatīs a shame that the police car had hit somebody. These people have suffered so much already.

Josefine 12-02-2005 12:49 PM

does he often do these kind of trips

Larzen 12-22-2005 12:43 PM

http://www.kongehuset.no/dt_kongehus...d=501&aid=5353

Crown Prince Haakon will continue as a Goodwill ambassador for UNDP for another two years, he has already made field visits to Cambodja, Sierra Leone and Tanzania and will do so in the next two years as well.
http://www.undp.org/
http://www.undp.no/default.asp?cl=NO

He also has a page of his own at the Norwegian site with pictures from his visits
http://www.undp.no/article.asp?Article_Id=2240

purple_platinum 12-31-2005 03:21 PM

article on Haakon & UN

http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/ko...cle1188099.ece

someone could give translation?

Larzen 01-01-2006 07:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by purple_platinum
article on Haakon & UN
http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/ko...cle1188099.ece
someone could give translation?

Im his 2.term as an undp ambassador Haakon will focus on water questions. Linn Hegna from the Nordic UNDP office says they will use him more as a dooropener and that they are planning for him to attend conferences and give lectures both at home and abroad. He will make a field trip with them in April. Hegna says the response they get from his work both at home and abroad is very positive and means alot to them. Willem Alexander has worked with water questions trough the UNs CSD and is called the "Water Prince"


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