Working together for youth
I believe in young people. That is why I am here with you today, said Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit at the formal opening of the Empowering Youth conference at Oslo Opera House on 15 May.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess took active part in both days of the conference. The conference was organised by Partnership for Change, in cooperation with The Crown Prince and Crown Princess Foundation.
This years conference focused on youth empowerment. How do we unleash the inherent potential in this generation? How do we empower them to help to shape a sustainable and stable future?
The conference brought together Norwegian and international experts and speakers representing the political and business cultural spheres, corporate social responsibility circles, innovators, organisations and the cultural community.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess took part in different fora during the conference.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit was the introductory speaker on the first day of the conference, while Crown Prince Haakon introduced and moderated the session Think big, start young, shape the world, which featured Jeremy Heimans, among other speakers. Mr Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose.com, as well as the co-founder of Avaaz.org, an online grassroots movement that has, among other things, successfully pressured many of the worlds major clothing chains to improve the working environment of their garment workers.
On the second day of the conference, the Crown Princess introduced and moderated the session Seeing the strengths and potential in young individuals. One of the sessions speakers was Richard Gerver, a world-leading thinker in the field of education and the author of the book Creating Tomorrows Schools Today.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.