I believe in young people: Involve them
Statement from Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit on the occasion of World Aids Day 2010.
We are at a crossroad. We see positive trends in several countries, where the spread of HIV is reversing. That does not mean it is time to rest. It is time for doubling our efforts. Now when we start to see real results, we must continue and not lose focus.
We must secure leadership for the future. The UNAIDS report issued in July launches Treatment version 2.0. To reach the goals stipulated in the report we also need Youth Leadership 2.0. So let us imagine Youth Leadership 2.0.
Imagine a radically improved system that identifies and organizes emerging youth leaders world wide in a structured and effective way.
Then Imagine proper support for young leaders to maximize their effectiveness and scale up their response. That this system gives youth the space, visibility and credibility to lead trough the transfer of knowledge, loyal support and mentorship.
Now imagine a funding system that understands the power of youth, and therefore radically increases long term funding and creates stabile financial conditions for youth led initiatives.
Finally imagine youth to be the drivers of eradicating this disease because the worlds leaders gave them a chance, not only because they owe youth, but also because they owe the families affected by this epidemic to fully draw upon the knowledge of the people who live at the heart of this disease.
I believe in young people. Involve them.
Science and culture
Research, sports, beekeeping and music. Norway and Slovenia share a wide array of interests, and today the King and Queen and the Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, gained insight into several of them.
State visit from Slovenia
Today Their Majesties The King and Queen welcomed the President of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, to Norway. This is the first State Visit to Norway of a Slovenian President and King Harald and Queen Sonja are his hosts.