Crown Prince Haakon of Norway to open international climate conference
HRH Crown Prince Haakon will open Climate Conference 2009 (CC9) at Hafslund Manor in Sarpsborg, Norway on 4 June.
For the second year running, the Norwegian power company Hafslund, the Bellona Foundation environmental organisation and the international organisation of former heads of state and government, The Club of Madrid, will invite prominent Norwegian and international social players to a major climate conference at Hafslund Manor in Sarpsborg, Norway.
The Crown Prince will be joined by his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit at CC9.
The royal couple are known for their commitment to environmental causes. Crown Prince Haakon was recently awarded Fjellskikkprisen (an award for responsible conduct in the Norwegian mountains) 2009.
“They have come forward and shown that we can all do our bit to make things a little better,” adds Berg.
Like Berg, head of Bellona Frederic Hauge is extremely pleased that the Crown Prince and Princess will be attending CC9.
“The royal couple’s commitment to the environment makes them great role models and we are very proud that they have agreed to open this year’s conference,” says Hauge, adding: “Crown Prince Haakon possesses a wealth of knowledge concerning both climate issues and solutions. I believe that he is truly interested in the issues we will be discussing at CC9, namely the diffusion of climate technology and the financing of climate measures in developing countries.”
This year American environmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., nephew of John F. Kennedy, will be among the conference participants. Mr. Kennedy will be joined by a range of researchers, environmental champions and current and former heads of state including Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, José María Figueres, former president of Costa Rica, Jennifer Shipley, former prime Minister of New Zealand, Benjamin Mkapa, former president of Tanzania and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger Aïchatou Mindaoudou. The participants will use the event to discuss concrete climate solutions.
The idea behind CC9 is to gather important players for a dialogue in connection with the climate negotiations which according to plans are to result in a new international climate agreement at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009. Last year’s conference, CC8, resulted in a final memorandum which called on politicians of the world to cut developed countries’ greenhouse gas emissions by 80%.
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Content Director for the CC9 conference is Dr. Minna Gillberg