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Human Development Awards

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon will sit on the panel of judges that selects the recipients of the UNDP Awards for Human Development. The awards are granted in several categories, and the awards ceremony will be held in New York on 12 April.


Every other year the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) selects the winners of its Awards for Human Development. The awards recognise outstanding national reports in the following categories:

  1. Excellence in Human Development Innovation - Concepts or Measurement
  2. Excellence in Participation and Capacity Building
  3. Excellence in Policy Analysis and Influence
  4. Excellence in Support of the Millennium Development Goals

A regional report will also be selected to receive an award for “Excellence and Innovation across HDR Corporate Principles for a Regional HDR”.

An internal UNDP panel of judges has selected three candidates in each category from over 50 nominations received from 39 countries.

In addition to the Crown Prince, the panel of judges that will make the final selections is comprised of Princess Bama Bint Talal of Jordan, Nobel laureate in economics Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, Dr. Gita Sen and Dr. Kwesi Botchwey.

The Crown Prince has served as a goodwill ambassador to the UNDP since autumn 2003.

More information about the nomination process and the nominees is available at the links to the right.

Crown Prince Haakon visited Zambia on behalf of UNDP October 2013, and comments on his work as a UNDP goodwill ambassador and the UN Development Goals. (Photo: Christian Lagaard, The Royal Court of Norway)

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