UNDP’s Goodwill Ambassador Arrives in Zambia to Support UN’s Development Work

29 Oct 2013

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Lusaka, Zambia, 29 October 2013 – Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has begun a four-day tour of Zambia as the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador. He is here to engage on UNDP’s support with the Government, civil society organizations and communities aimed at improving the country’s human development and progress on the Millennium Development Goals.

The UNDP Goodwill Ambassador will undertake field visits to health facilities and rural communities to appreciate the efforts made to improve their lives.

He will visit UNDP-supported national projects aimed at accelerating the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), especially in the areas of poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, and environmental conservation initiatives aimed at adapting to the impact of climate change.

Crown Prince Haakon will visit Kazungula District in the Southern Province, where UNDP supports climate change adaptation measures such as conservation farming, crop diversification, alternative livelihoods – beekeeping and goat rearing. Communities in Kazungula District have suffered from successive cycles of droughts and floods whose intensity has increased in recent years. 

The visit aims to showcase the partnered efforts between the local communities, local government and UNDP to adapt to climate change through building resilience, local capacity through the transformation of rural communities’ livelihoods.

During his four-day trip, the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador will also tour health facilities in Chongwe District located some 45 kilometres east of the capital, Lusaka, to observe the positive impact of the agency’s support to the Ministry of Health in its national response to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemics through Global Fund grants implemented by UNDP.

Crown Prince Haakon will also address an interactive forum comprising representatives of civil society organizations and students at the University of Zambia. His keynote lecture will complement an engagement on the post 2015 dialogues held in the country and the vision and action of young people going forward.

The UNDP Goodwill Ambassador will also engage local stakeholders in Livingstone in a community dialogue that focuses on the implementation of the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Zambia. The dialogue will include community members, school children, community radio and local service providers on development rights and responsibilities with and towards each other.

Since his appointment as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme in 2003, Crown Prince Haakon has used his global role to advocate for progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, ably projecting messages about the most pressing needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people and advocating on the changes needed to transform their lives. In this capacity, he has travelled to Haiti, Nepal, Tanzania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Burundi, Mongolia and Botswana. And we now welcome him to Zambia.