The Crown Prince visiting Burundi
The millennium goals cannot be reached unless there is lasting peace in countries formerly torn by conflict. Peace and security are crucial to achieving sustainable development. In Burundi today, poverty represents one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and stability.
Many fear that old conflicts will be rekindled unless there is improvement in the living conditions and everyday lives of ordinary people. The many refugees returning home after the war pose a great challenge. Re-integration and the rebuilding of local communities are fundamental steps in the transition from relief to development. The UN Peacebuilding Commission and Fund supports Burundi in its efforts to implement its strategy for peace.
The Crown Prince will be visiting several projects that are working to promote the peace process, and thereby lay the foundation for a stable peace in Burundi.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.