UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon wraps up visit to Liberia, calls on youth to work for the Global Goals

Apr 5, 2017

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and Crown Prince of Norway Haakon shaking hands with President Sirleaf after a debriefing of his visit to Liberia

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway concluded his three-day visit to Liberia where he met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and discussed his impressions of the country’s progress, and the transition to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

President Sirleaf and the Goodwill Ambassador also discussed the final drawdown and withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the role UN agencies and partners can play in supporting Liberians to consolidate peace and move the development agenda forward.  

On his last day in the country, the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador also called on the country’s youth to get actively involved in ensuring that Liberia tackles poverty and inequality, and remains on an irreversible path of peace and sustainable development.

“Without young people, we will not meet the SDGs,” Crown Prince Haakon said at a public lecture at the University of Liberia’s Fendall Campus in the capital Monrovia.

“Each and every one of you can play a role in moving Liberia forward. Think about all Liberians and support a peaceful process when you vote this October. Discover innovative solutions for everyone, encourage each other and make sure nobody is left behind.” 

Liberians will be voting for a new president and legislature in October 2017. More than two million people have already registered to vote. UNDP is supporting the National Elections Commission (NEC) to deliver peaceful and democratic elections.

The SDGs, otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. World leaders committed to achieve the 17 Goals by the year 2030.

The Crown Prince is an advocate for UNDP’s efforts to assist Member States achieve SDG 1- to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

In addition to the Fendall Campus visit, the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador met frequently with young people. He heard from women leaders gathered at Monrovia’s Fish Market, the epicenter of Liberia’s peace movement; and from young entrepreneurs at the Liberia Market Place who are promoting Liberia-made goods.

At the I-Campus Crown Prince Haakon officially launched the nomination process for the 2017 edition of Integrity Idols, a citizen-led initiative to recognize and celebrate honest and accountable public servants.

The Goodwill Ambassador also visited with Ebola survivors, orphans and response workers; the Pink Panthers female motorcyclists focused on women’s empowerment; and high school students at the D Tweh Memorial School in New Kru Town that is at significant risk of destruction from coastal erosion.

Outside Monrovia, the Crown Prince also visited the recently recommissioned Mount Coffee hydro power station which is supported by the Government of Norway and other partners. The power station is now generating clean and renewable energy for the first time in more than 25 years following extensive rehabilitation works that started in 2014.


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