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Norway’s Crown Princess attends UN Aids-summit

6/7/2011 // As Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit is taking part in the UN High-Level Meeting on Aids from June 7-9, along with Minister for Development Erik Solheim, and Deputy Minister for Health Ragnhild Mathisen.

Thirty years into the Aids epidemic, and 10 years since the landmark UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/Aids,  the High-Level Meeting will take stock and stake out the future course in the fight against HIV/Aids. The Minister for Development, Erik Solheim, will present Norway’s statement in the plenary debate on Thursday.

Throughout the week, the Crown Princess will take part in a series of events focusing in particular on the involvement and inclusion of young people in the Aids response. This focus has been a hallmark for her work as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, a role she has had since 2006. The Crown Princess has repeatedly argued that more resources need to be set aside for the increasing number of young organisations that focus on this issue and that youth are best equipped to lead the fight against the Aids-epidemic.

The Crown Princess begins the week by meeting 50 young delegates at The Youth Summit, a forum for young leaders attending the UN High-Level Meeting on Aids. The meeting is a follow up of the “Mali Youth Summit on HIV” which the Crown Princess attended in Mali in April this year.


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