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The Crown Princess to visit Nicaragua

November 5 – 7 Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess will visit the capital of Nicaragua, Managua, as UNAIDS Ambassador. The Crown Princess will be joined by Executive Director of UNAIDS, Peter Piot, for various segments of her programme.

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.

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