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UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit

The UN High-level Week continues. His Royal Highness The Crown Prince is Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and on Tuesday he attended the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit.


Four years have passed since the UN member states adopted Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve the agenda. The goals are a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals and the framework established for national and international measures to realise some of the global community’s most ambitious goals: to eradicate extreme poverty, achieve inclusive sustainable growth, and promote well-being, peace and justice for all.

Today’s summit concludes the first four years and launches the next four-year period. The objective is to identify measures that can accelerate efforts.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the UN Summit. Photo: Lucas Jackson, Reuters / NTB scanpix

Norway campaigned for adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and is now playing an active role in following them up. The UN Secretary-General has given Prime Minister Erna Solberg an important role in the SDG Advocacy Group.

In 2003 the Crown Prince was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Up to 2015 he worked to promote the Millennium Development Goals. Since then he has followed up the Sustainable Development Goals with the same focus, with special emphasis on Goal #1: End poverty in all its forms.

The Crown Prince also visited UNDP Headquarters in Manhattan, where he met with, among others, Ulrika Modeer, who heads the UNDP Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. 

 The Crown Prince had a chance to greet several of the employees when he visited UNDP Headquarters in Manhattan. Photo: The Royal Court.

Ocean Wave

On Tuesday evening, Norway co-hosted the Ocean Wave reception, Norway’s main event of the UN High-level Week, together with Portugal, Palau, Chile and Kenya. All five countries will be organising important ocean conferences in 2019 and 2020, and the evening’s event provided a common starting point.

Crown Prince Haakon gave some introductory remarks and welcomed the attendees together with actor Alec Baldwin, who is also actively involved in the effort to combat climate change. 

The aim was to encourage many UN member states to participate at the high-level event to promote increased commitment to sound management and sustainable use of the oceans.

The decoration of the UN Headquarters dining room reflected the theme of the evening’s reception. Guests entered through an installation of bottles and cans. There were three installations designed by Quin Wu displayed around the room, each of which symbolised challenges facing the world’s oceans relating to pollution and biodiversity, among other things.

Crown Prince Haakon and Palau's President Tommy Remengesau in the reception's entryway - decorated with bottles and cans collected from Manhattan’s East River. Palau and Norway co-hosted the reception with Portugal, Chile and Kenya. Photo: Norway’s Mission to the United Nations.

The UN High-level Week continues, and on Wednesday Crown Prince Haakon will take part in a breakfast meeting for marine-sector leaders in connection with the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the oceans and climate. The report will be presented later in the day and is expected to include documentation of serious changes in the marine environment.



The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production pattern
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Source: the UN

Crown Prince Haakon in Mesetas. Photo: FN-sambandet / Eivind Oskarson.

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