Crown Prince Haakon to remain Ambassador to the United Nations Development Program – Royal Central
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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has signed an agreement to serve for two more years as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The crown prince was first appointed as the program’s goodwill ambassador in 2003.
As UNDP Ambassador, the Crown Prince works to promote the UN’s sustainability goals, with special commitment to sustainability goal number one which aims to eradicate poverty, goal number 14 which is linked to marine life. The Crown Prince signs the agreement in his office at the Royal Palace in Oslo. The program aims to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality, injustice and tackle climate change by 2030. The plan is accompanied by 17 sustainability goals, and the Crown Prince is dedicated to working specifically with the first objective to eradicate poverty.
During the first 12 years as a Goodwill Ambassador, the Crown Prince placed particular emphasis on the UN Millennium Development Goals, which were assessed and concluded in 2015. Significant social and economic consequences for the poor of the world. For the first time in a long time, extreme poverty is observed in the world. UNDP estimates that more than 200 million additional people could end up in extreme poverty due to the ongoing public health emergency.
However, it depends on the measures put in place. Through targeted efforts to achieve sustainability goals, UNDP estimates that more than 140 million more people can be lifted out of extreme poverty compared to the current trend. During his tenure as Goodwill Ambassador, the Crown Prince made 25 development-related trips, including field trips with UNDP to Colombia, Liberia, East Timor, Tanzania and many more.
It was in 2017 that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon made his four-day visit to Liberia. The Crown Prince visited the African nation because he wanted to highlight the issues of poverty. The Crown Prince had an eventful journey, tried to meet as many locals as possible and was greeted by a large crowd. He was greeted by government officials, but also by ordinary people who had survived the civil war, the Ebola virus and other humanitarian disasters.