crown prince of norwayCrown Prince Haakon of Norway ended his successful three-day visit to Zambia as the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador on Thursday evening 31 of October. During his stay he visited health centres, schools, agriculture projects, and tourism facilities. He met with Zambia’s First Lady, Christine Kasebo; the Vice President Guy Scott, and the First President Kenneth Kaunda. He also met with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, and of Health; and two prominent Traditional Chiefs. Even more, he enjoyed his meeting with youth groups and students; with activists promoting democracy and human rights; and especially his meetings with women and male farmers, students and children.

Goodwill ambassador for MDGs for ten years

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon has been a Goodwill Ambassador with a focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for ten years, visiting a number of countries and shedding light on achievements towards these global goals, and also the efforts still needed in order to reach there.

Progress made in Zambia on some goals, but more efforts needed

During his stay in Zambia, Crown Prince Haakon highlighted the progress made in reducing Hiv/Aids prevalence and improved health facilities; he encouraged more efforts in higher education, especially for girls, and he appreciated efforts made by UNDP and other partners including Norway for improving agriculture in view of the threatening climate changes the world is facing.

The Goodwill Ambassador furthermore underlined the importance of developing the economy and creating more jobs including tourism. He enjoyed several of the tourist attractions in the Livingstone area, and reminded everybody that while tourism could exploit Zambia’s natural resources such as wildlife and the Victoria Falls, it must at same time contribute to protecting and preserving these natural resources for the future.

Youth discussing future goals – Crown Prince underlines dignity for all

When meeting with youth groups and representatives of civil society, Crown Prince Haakon wished to learn what they were thinking about the future Millennium Goals, beyond 2015. The answer was quality in education for all; safeguarding the environment and stopping pollution; jobs and economic opportunities; and strengthened democracy. The Crown Prince underlined the importance of continued peace and stability which Zambia has enjoyed. He stressed that each and every person must take responsibility for uplifting him- and herself, but also assist and contribute to others, so that we work in unity to promote dignity for all.

UN and Norwegian efforts greatly appreciated

The Crown Prince expressed his strong appreciation to the UNDP and to the whole UN system in Zambia, working as “One UN”, in promoting the Millennium Development Goals, and in promoting the national debates on future national and global goals. He also appreciated the Norwegian programmes in Zambia for promoting conservation agriculture and mobilising taxes and other national resources, and for the close collaboration with the UN.

The Zambian leaders used the opportunity to thank Norway for her long-term positive contributions to development and the MDGs in Zambia, and wishing that it will continue. In the long run, Zambia will move “beyond aid” and strive to develop and manage its own resources to reach the next set of global development goals.

From : Norway.org.zm

4 November 2013