United Nations Development Program or UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will visit Liberia from 2 to 5 April to see first-hand the country’s progress in consolidating peace, in planning for and implementing the globally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
The Crown Prince Haakon is an advocate for UNDP’s efforts to assist member states achieve SDG 1- to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. During his time in Liberia, the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador will meet with senior government officials, youth and women’s groups, civil society organizations, local communities and other partners.
He will also visit UNDP-supported projects focused on post-Ebola recovery and building resilience against similar types of shocks. Crown Prince Haakon’s visit is seen as a welcome recognition of Liberia’s strides in post-war reconstruction, and its commitment to the SDGs. As the country takes on this ambitious agenda, UNDP has committed to continue to work with all Liberians and partners to ensure that people’s lives are improved, that the country’s natural resources work for everyone, and that nobody is left behind.
Haakon is involved in several sports and seemed to take a particular liking to windsurfing. However, he has not engaged in serious competitions. Haakon is known as a big music fan. When he was younger, he attended music festivals all over Europe, including the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and the Quart Festival in Kristiansand, Norway.
UNDP’s work in Liberia is aligned with the national development plan, the Agenda for Transformation. Key focus areas include supporting the government to develop a strategy to achieve the SDGs.
It also providing government with technical assistance to for free and fair elections in 2017; improving access to justice and the functioning of rule of law institutions; boosting social cohesion and decentralization efforts; and advocacy and engagement on laws and other actions related to women’s empowerment.
By Sally Gaye-Editing by Winston W. Parley