The Crown Princess to visit Nicaragua
The Crown Princess will take part in the opening of the 5th regional AIDS conference, CONCASIDA, after having opened a pre-conference for people living with HIV the day before. The programme also includes meetings with Nicaraguan government officials and local organisations working to combat HIV and AIDS. A number of Norwegian humanitarian organisations are involved in AIDS-related projects in Nicaragua, and the Crown Princess will meet with them during the two-and-a-half day visit.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit was appointed UNAIDS Ambassador for a two-year term in April 2006. Last year she participated at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto – the largest conference on health issues in the world. Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Out of a population of 5.6 million, 48 % live on less than two dollars a day. 7 300 individuals are registered as HIV positive. This number has been climbing since the late 1990s.
Norway has supported AIDS-related projects in Nicaragua since 1995.