World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, was concluded on Sunday. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended meetings on health, leadership and The Nordic Experience.
On Friday, 28 January, the Crown Prince gave a presentation on dignity-based leadership at the Davos Congress Centre. The event was organised by the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL).
New Foundation Board member
On Saturday, 29 January, Crown Prince Haakon attended his first Young Global Leaders Foundation Board Meeting. YGL is the most important voice for young leaders in the World Economic Forum. The Crown Prince was a member of YGL from its launch in 2005 until autumn 2010.
It was through YGL that the Crown Prince first came into contact with the other co-founders of the Global Dignity initiative: Finnish professor Pekka Himanen and founder and chairman of the US organisation Operation Hope, John Hope Bryant.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit became a member of Young Global Leaders in 2010 and attended her first Annual Meeting in the alpine town this year. On Thursday, 27 January, she participated in the session HIV/AIDS: Lessons for the Future. As a Special Representative for UNAIDS, the Crown Princess emphasises the particular importance of ensuring adequate youth leadership in AIDS-related work.
John Dalli, the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, and Peter Piot, formerly Executive Director of UNAIDS and now Director and Professor of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, also took part in the discussions.
Norway and the Nordic countries in Davos
On Friday, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess attended a panel debate in which Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg and other Nordic representatives discussed The Nordic Experience.
On Saturday participants at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting enjoyed a luncheon featuring Norwegian seafood. The luncheon was hosted by Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen and the Norwegian Seafood Export Council.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.