Crown Prince Frederik, Current Events Part 9: June 2023 - January 2024


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** Crown Prince Frederik, Current Events Part 8: August 2020 - June 2023 **

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Very much worth the wait, my favorite uniform on Frederik.
 
Frederik will be in New York from September 19-21.

"HRH The Crown Prince participates in the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Representatives of the UN member states will gather in September 2023 for the 78th opening of the UN General Assembly in New York. In this connection, HRH the Crown Prince will visit New York from the 19th-21st. September 2023.
With the visit to New York, His Royal Highness will, among other things, contribute to promoting Denmark's candidacy for the UN Security Council 2025-2026 and participate in events and meetings related to the UN's 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

The final program and press information will be published at a later date."

https://www.kongehuset.dk/nyheder/h...abningen-af-fn’s-generalforsamling-i-new-york
 
As we have seen over the past year DK has been campaigning to get a seat and that includes sending DRF members to all corners of the globe.
 
Frederik's program for his trip to New York.

"With the visit to New York, His Royal Highness will, among other things, contribute to promoting Denmark's candidacy for the UN Security Council 2025-2026 and participate in events and meetings related to the UN's 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Tuesday 19 September 2023
"Transforming Food through Innovation" 18.00
The Crown Prince, in his capacity as patron of Food Nation, gives the opening speech at an evening reception focusing on the green transformation of food production. The event is organized by Food Nation in partnership with, among others, the Danish Consulate General in New York.

Wednesday 20 September 2023
Run in Central Park in connection with Denmark's candidacy for the UN Security Council at 6.30
The Crown Prince takes part in a morning run in Central Park together with the UN ambassadors' running club. The purpose of the run is to raise awareness of the Danish candidacy for the UN Security Council.

Nordic ministerial meeting with the SICA countries At 8.00
The Crown Prince participates in the annual ministerial meeting between Nordic ministers and the foreign ministers of the eight SICA countries (The Central American Integration System), which include Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
There will be no access for the press.

UN Climate Ambition Summit 10.00
The Crown Prince attends the opening of UN Secretary-General António Guterres' UN Climate Ambition Summit, which aims to accelerate and show concrete climate action from governments, companies, financial institutions and civil society ahead of the COP28 climate summit in December.

Nordic ministerial meeting with the CARICOM countries at 18.00
The Crown Prince participates in the annual ministerial meeting between Nordic ministers and the foreign ministers of the 15 CARICOM countries (The Caribbean Community), which includes Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Pacific Leader's reception at 19.30
The Crown Prince attends a reception held by the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS), which is an association of 14 Pacific islands. Among others present at the reception are the heads of state and government of the Pacific island states.
There will be no access for the press.

Thursday 21 September 2023
Summit of the Future Ministerial Meeting at 9.00
The Crown Prince attends the opening of the Summit of the Future Ministerial Meeting, where the UN Secretary-General and ministers of UN member states will present their visions, priorities and expectations for the "Summit of the Future", which will take place during UNGA79 in 2024. The ambition of the "Summit of the Future" is to create a basis for strengthened global cooperation and joint commitment.

Visit to the UN Mission and the Danish Consulate General at 11.00
The Crown Prince visits Denmark House, where His Royal Highness will, among other things, have the opportunity to greet the UN Mission and the Consulate General's staff.
There will be no access for the press.

LDC Ministerial Meeting at 15.00
The Crown Prince attends the opening of the ministerial meeting for the group of low-income countries (LDC). The group is made up of 46 countries, and the ministerial meeting will, among other things, focus on the countries' challenges as a result of the food and energy crisis, the debt crisis and climate change.

Leaders of the Urban Future At 17.45
The Crown Prince participates in a reception for decision-makers within sustainable development organized by Leaders of the Urban Future, which is facilitated by the Danish-based company Urban Partners. The reception aims to bring together people from the urban development and real estate sectors to create momentum on decarbonisation of the built environment.

https://www.kongehuset.dk/nyheder/program-for-h-k-h-kronprinsens-besoeg-i-new-york
 
I am still curious as to why Mary is not attending this year. The SDG focus of the UNGA High Level week encompasses many of the issues she focuses (or used to focus on) on an international level. And, it isn't like she has anything else on the calendar for this week or the rest of September. Many meetings involving women/girls rights, WHO (is she still the patron?), UNFPA (is she still the patron?), gender equality, etc. She used to be very involved in projects involving the SDGs on a more visible stage. :whistling::sad:

Anyway, not alot of press access to any of Frederik's events that I see. I hope he has a good trip. :ermm:
 
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"Just landed in New York ?? Almost all the countries of the world meet here these days for the opening of the UN General Assembly.
When my grandfather, Frederik 9, in 1960 gave a speech to the UN, he said:
"If we read the UN Treaty, the four main objectives of this organization become clear: peace, human rights, international law and social progress. Let's not debate which of these purposes is more important. Because they are all dependents of each other. ”
In the coming days I will meet and talk with representatives of many different countries, small as well as large: In the UN, every country's voice weighs equally. I am looking forward to some exciting days.
✍️H.K.H. Crown prince."

https://www.instagram.com/p/CxYwV14g19k/?img_index=1

Day 1
Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik delivers a speech on food innovation in the face of "climate change and a biodiversity crisis", Tuesday Sept. 19, 2023, at the Danish Mission event in New York.*
https://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=7720831
 
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More from Day 1 from the DRF
"Thousands of bees have taken up residence on Denmark House's terrace in the heart of Manhattan, where His Royal Highness the Crown Prince began his visit to New York last night.
Biodiversity and the green transition within the food sector was the theme of the Crown Prince's opening speech at the event "Transforming Food through Innovation", which was organized by, among others, the Danish Consulate General in collaboration with Food Nation.
His Royal Highness is patron of Food Nation."
https://www.instagram.com/p/CxZ1K5Xg_E4/?img_index=3

Day 2
Started early in the morning, a run with the UN security council team "The Crown Prince takes part in a morning run in Central Park together with the UN ambassadors’ running club. The goal of the run is to raise awareness of Denmark’s candidacy for the UN Security Council."

Annual ministerial meeting between Nordic ministers and the foreign affairs ministers of the eight member countries of SICA (The Central American Integration System), which include Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
“We all represent smaller countries. Alone, we may not have much of a say. But together, we have an impact”

At the UN Climate Ambition Summit
 
Gallery from Day 2
https://www.kongehuset.dk/foto-video/h-k-h-kronprinsens-besoeg-i-new-york---dag-2

Nordic-Carribean meet-up in margins of UNGA, in presence of HRH the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. Strong support for multilateral system and a rule-based system.

Day 3 starts
This AM, HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark attended the Ministerial chaired by
@antonioguterres ahead of the 2024 Summit of the Future to show ?? commitment to the acceleration of progress on Agenda 2030

the DRF on Day 3
https://www.kongehuset.dk/foto-video/h-k-h-kronprinsens-besoeg-i-new-york---dag-3

"Today, the staff at the UN Mission and General Consulate had the honor of meeting HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark as he was given a tour around Denmark House by Ambassador and PR @CMarkusLassen
Thank you to His Royal Highness for visiting our office!"

Frederik with the staff of Denmark's House in NY.
Video
https://www.instagram.com/p/CxiMEuRLhJu/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

Panama's minister
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cxa7WU-rHQT/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
 
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Back from New York, Frederik today visited the army.

"Oksbøl Shooting- and Exercise Terrain these days are forming the Army's biggest field exercise in all of 2023.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince today visited the field exercise, where more than 2600 soldiers from 1. The brigade is participating. The exercise is working out 1. Brigade soldiers in attack and defense to become a medium-heavy brigade that can be deployed in NATO operations.

1. The Brigade is the Army's largest land-military capacity and contributes to NATO's collective defense."

https://www.instagram.com/p/CxnsYICNVX-/?img_index=1
 
Ist Brigade is supposed to be DKs rapid deployment brigade and as such a unit that is to be put at disposal for NATO when required and in emergencies.

However, DK is at present only just about able to deploy a battalion combat group. The reason is many-fold: Lack of funds and purchase of new equipment. Lack of professional soldiers, who can easily secure much better paid jobs in civilian life. Lack of ammunition for training, especially artillery shells and missiles.
Lack of specialist units that should always be attached to a combat brigade, like air defense units. The air defense within this brigade consist of a handful of soldiers armed with shoulder launched anti-aircraft missiles.

At present we don't even have any artillery, because we donated all we had to Ukraine - which is of course the thing to do and in the long run a sound decision, but it has seriously diminished the capabilities of this brigade. Until new artillery pieces arrive from Israel. Our gunners are busy training in how to use these new systems, after having spend a long time getting very good indeed in operating the now donated French system.

So basically 1st brigade is an under strength light mechanized infantry brigade that is unable to operate on its own.

That should change with the additional funds being allocated to the military over the next few years with this brigade getting priority within the army.
But the air force, the navy and the Home Guard also have needs and wishes, so...
 
Ist Brigade is supposed to be DKs rapid deployment brigade and as such a unit that is to be put at disposal for NATO when required and in emergencies.

However, DK is at present only just about able to deploy a battalion combat group. The reason is many-fold: Lack of funds and purchase of new equipment. Lack of professional soldiers, who can easily secure much better paid jobs in civilian life. Lack of ammunition for training, especially artillery shells and missiles.
Lack of specialist units that should always be attached to a combat brigade, like air defense units. The air defense within this brigade consist of a handful of soldiers armed with shoulder launched anti-aircraft missiles.

At present we don't even have any artillery, because we donated all we had to Ukraine - which is of course the thing to do and in the long run a sound decision, but it has seriously diminished the capabilities of this brigade. Until new artillery pieces arrive from Israel. Our gunners are busy training in how to use these new systems, after having spend a long time getting very good indeed in operating the now donated French system.

So basically 1st brigade is an under strength light mechanized infantry brigade that is unable to operate on its own.

That should change with the additional funds being allocated to the military over the next few years with this brigade getting priority within the army.
But the air force, the navy and the Home Guard also have needs and wishes, so...


The situation you described is, with the proper proportional adjustments, similar to the situation other NATO countries are facing (e.g., the UK). Even the US seems to be overstretched right now.
 
The situation you described is, with the proper proportional adjustments, similar to the situation other NATO countries are facing (e.g., the UK). Even the US seems to be overstretched right now.

That is my impression as well.

It's something that many - not least opinion makers and politicians fail to truly (want?) to understand.

Example: I have 650-800 combat soldiers. Wow, I can deploy a combat battalion!
I have 40 tanks. Wow, I can now deploy an armored battalion!!

- No you can't.
For each battalion deployed abroad you need at the very least two battalions at home, preferably three or four. And at least as many tanks at home as you have deployed, preferably at least twice as many.

Except for countries like USA who deploy soldiers for up to a year, most NATO countries deploy their soldiers for about six months - in order to avoid attrition and combat fatigue.
And it takes about a year to fully train/retrain a combat soldier to maximum efficiency (which also helps to keep casualties and attrition down).

So for each battalion deployed abroad, two are home training for their next deployment and one is resting from their previous deployment. - And you ought to have an additional battalion in reserve to draw replacements from in case the battalion that is deployed suffer heavy casualties.

In other words: You need at the very least to have 2.000-2.500 soldiers in order to deploy just one battalion. And soldiers don't grow on trees.

A brigade consists of 3.000-5.500 soldiers, so you do the math.

But what about the Ukrainians, you ask. They are doing fine with much less training. Indeed they are, they are fighting desperately. But they are not fighting nearly as efficiently as fully trained combat soldiers and as such their casualty rate and attrition rate must be very high and getting even higher.
Because after a while a combat soldier is no longer functional. That's it. They are through with fighting, they can't do it anymore. They need a very long rest and for many they need to be discharged. Only a very few can keep up their spirit all through their careers as combat soldiers.
So the attrition rate can easily surpass the casualty rate - but both categories needs to be replaced...

The same thing with the equipment. A tank works for a X amount of time (not counting those that are destroyed in action) after that they need more and more frequent and extensive repairs and after a while it's only useful for supplying spare parts.
If there are no tanks at home to replace them, your deployed battalion or brigade, whatever, eventually becomes inefficient.
 
Thank you Muhler, a very important issue facing many countries. A very nice visit by Frederik.

Another unannounced visit was yesterday a follow up to his 2021 visit for the tuna tagging project.
https://www.fiskepleje.dk/nyheder/2...QuEhGtsA3NFhUUaFSrHlX_mvpARd5kLtSGt_Ztf1Zv7g0

"The tuna project received a royal visit from HRH Crown Prince Frederik
The tuna marking has again been visited by HRH Crown Prince Frederik, who yesterday came and helped with the marking and had the opportunity to hear about the results from the very tuna he himself helped to mark during the visit to the project in August 2021.

The last week of DTU Aqua's tuna tagging project in 2023 started this weekend in Helsingør. On Sunday the weather was challenging with big waves and only a few tuna. Fortunately the wind died down and the sun came out at noon. It is not known whether it was royal intervention, but HRH the Crown Prince came by the marking boat in the afternoon and helped with the marking, just like the last time he visited the marking project in 2021."

A few more pictures from Frederik's visit to the Army
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cxp-8en...d&ig_rid=0152b169-c766-41ee-9874-a47408d2fcbb
 
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And as usual apart from the business papers, this only gets a note in the Danish papers.
 
You'd think the heir would be adequately covered re his work and engagements. Seems like he Ana Mary have been stuffed in the attic lately.
 
Yep, but he is doing the work and looks to enjoy it.
A part of his speech.
https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongeli...i-aar-derfor-var-kronprins-frederik-i-jylland

He should, he has known and worked with the top-brass of Danish Industry (which is the association of pretty much all Danish production - and export - businesses in Denmark) for many years by now.

Danish Industry is very influential!
Governments come and go, but if Danish Industry suggest that the members of a given government should go out on the square in front of the Parliament and start to roll on the ground while going oink, they will seriously consider doing it!

Their nearest rivals IMO are the unions, but as Danish Industry and the Unions co-operate about what goes on the workplaces while wholeheartedly agreeing that the governments should stay clear (as in: Get lost, government!) of what they are doing. Because both Danish Industry and the unions have an interest in the export and productivity going up. DI because that means more money and the unions because that ensures jobs and good terms for their members.
 
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