Norwegian Crown Prince continues to speak out for world’s poor

May 12, 2011

Crown Prince Haakon and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark (Photo: UNDP)

Oslo — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced that Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon is to continue as a Goodwill Ambassador, advocating globally on behalf of poor, marginalized and vulnerable communities around the world.

Extending his commitment for a further two years, the Crown Prince will build on his eight-year tenure as global Goodwill Ambassador, raising awareness on the importance of access to basic public services and renewable energy sources for those living in poverty.

“Crown Prince Haakon has offered his time generously to UNDP and advocating for development,” said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. “He has seen UNDP at work in developing countries, and has ably projected messages about the most pressing needs of the world’s poorest, and how to support them to transform their lives.”

Through his involvement with UNDP since 2003, the Crown Prince has visited UNDP projects in Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Guatemala, Mongolia and Tanzania, raising awareness on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) —eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to end extreme poverty by 2015.

“I continue my efforts as Goodwill Ambassador because I strongly believe we all have an equal right to realize our potential as human beings,” said the Crown Prince. “One day when our children ask us what our contribution has been to the world, I would like to answer that we were the generation that ended extreme poverty. With determination and hard work I believe it is possible.”

The Crown Prince received Helen Clark during her visit to Norway on May 12 at the Skaugum Estate outside Oslo where they discussed items on the global development agenda, in addition to his upcoming engagements with UNDP.

Crown Prince Haakon was born on 20 July 1973, and has studied at the University of California at Berkeley and at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The Crown Prince is one of nine global UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, including Antonio Banderas, Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas, Maria Sharapova, Misako Konno, Marta Vieira da Silva, Ronaldo, Zinédine Zidane.

Contact information

In Oslo:

Kristian Andersen
Tel.: tel  +47 959 38 970  +47 959 38 970

In New York:

Sebastian Naidoo
Tel.:  +1 212 906 6202  +1 212 906 6202

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