Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Agenda 2030: Two Years In

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway spoke at Kapuscinski Development Lecture in New York City on sustainable development and Agenda 2030.

Thursday 27.09.2018

The lecture formed the keynote part of the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development „Breaking Down Silos: Fostering Collaborative Action on the SDGs.e World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development” organised by the Columbia University, Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Master’s in Development Practice.

The lecture „Development and human progress: why I believe in a brighter future” was delivered by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador who was introduced by Stefano Manservisi, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO). The lecture is organised during the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting.

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His Royal Highness has a broad national and international engagement. Youth leadership and global development are issues particularly close to his heart. Since 2003, Crown Prince Haakon has been Goodwill Ambassador for the UNDP – today focusing in particular on the Sustainable Development Goals. He is co-founder of Global Dignity, and is actively engaged in The Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s Humanitarian Fund. The fund identifies and supports projects for young people at risk and aims to strengthen youth leadership. As heir to the Norwegian throne, the Crown Prince has an extensive number of official engagements in Norway, and is patron of various associations. Every year, he is leading Norwegian delegations abroad to strengthen bilateral relations within trade and industry, science, and humanitarian fields. He has also represented Norway in the UN. Over several years, the Crown Prince has had a special interest in development issues, in particular the role of technology and how innovation can contribute to move the world forward. Crown Prince Haakon graduated from the Norwegian Naval Academy in 1995. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. The Crown Prince is a passionate surfer, kiter, and music lover. He lives in Asker, outside Oslo, with the Crown Princess and their children.

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