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Norwegian Crown Prince couple visit New York. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit arrived in New today for a two-day visit to mark the 100th anniversary of the American-Scandinavian Foundation. HRH started the day by participating in a panel debate organized by the International Peace Institute (IPI) and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). Crown Prince Haakon is the so-called goodwill ambassador to the programme. The panel discussed implementing the UN’s Millennium Development Goals in light of the recent Haiti and Pakistan crises, together with how the global community could help reach these in areas facing huge humanitarian challenges. According to Aftenposten, such debates about poverty can very often be those about misery.

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Norwegian Crown Prince couple visit New York

Published on Thursday, 28th October, 2010 at 21:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 29th October 2010 at 09:03.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit arrived in New today for a two-day visit to mark the 100th anniversary of the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess
Photo: Jo Michael/The Royal Court


Aid and exhibitions

HRH started the day by participating in a panel debate organized by the International Peace Institute (IPI) and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). Crown Prince Haakon is the so-called goodwill ambassador to the programme.

The panel discussed implementing the UN’s Millennium Development Goals in light of the recent Haiti and Pakistan crises, together with how the global community could help reach these in areas facing huge humanitarian challenges. According to Aftenposten, such debates about poverty can very often be those about misery.

“It is also important to focus on the positive,” HRH told the Norwegian press afterwards.

The Crown Princess visited the “Why Design Now?” exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Its aim is to raise public awareness about design, design history, and its meaning in people’s lives. Five Norwegian contributions are included in the exhibition, partially supported by the Norwegian Consulate General in New York.

Contemporary composers and architects

The Crown Prince pair also visited the “Free” exhibition at the New Museum, which focuses on contemporary art, especially from international up-and-coming designers. Norwegian artists Hanne Mugaas and Lars Laumann are amongst the exhibitors.

TRH attended the children’s opera “Max and Moritz” composed by Gisle Kverndokk at the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. The opera is inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Roald Dahl, and was also attended by 800 schoolchildren. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) is a part-sponsor.

This evening, also sees a visit by the Royal couple to Scandinavia House, with internationally famous Norwegian architect firm Snøhetta as curators of the “Nordic Models + Common Ground” exhibition..

Commemorative ties

TRH will be visiting Ground Zero tomorrow, and were on their honeymoon to the city at time of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

The rest of their programme includes a visit by Crown Princess Mette-Marit to Cylar House in her role as Special Representative for UNAIDS, an official Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce to mark the Norwegian-American Trade Award to Snøhetta, as well as a the Norwegian Seamen’s Church at 357 East 52nd Street.

TRH’s whirlwind visit will be rounded off by a gala dinner for the centenary of the American-Scandinavian Foundation.



Published on Thursday, 28th October, 2010 at 21:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 29th October 2010 at 09:03.

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