Two days of the joint royal visit are at the invitation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to which the Crown Prince is the Goodwill Ambassador. The Crown Princess is an Advocate Emerita for the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The remaining days will include a joint trade conference and separate bilateral programmes. The Royals will each be accompanied by their respective Ministers for International Development, as well as trade delegations.
During the UNDP visit, the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess will undertake field visits in several counties, meet with key representatives of the Government of Kenya, and the broader UN family in order to gain insights into the work of the United Nations and UNDP in Kenya.
“The purpose of the bilateral part of the visit is to further strengthen the longstanding and close relationship between Norway and Kenya. Emphasis will be put on reinforcing Norwegian and Kenyan collaboration on trade and business development, climate adaptation, biodiversity, and broader multilateral interests. Norway will triple its funding for renewable energy, food security and meteorological services to better equip developing countries to deal with climate change,” said the Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya, Gunnar Andreas Holm.
“The Crown Princess is a frequent visitor to Kenya, and she is the patron of a foundation that runs a school and health center in Meru County. As she travels up-country, she will also get a first-hand appreciation of the severe challenges brought by the on-going drought. Sweden is now increasing its funding to partners towards drought response in Kenya’s affected counties” explained Sweden’s Ambassador to Kenya, Caroline Vicini.
Kenya, as the largest economy in East-Africa, is a leading country in sectors such as agriculture, tourism and technology. The diversity of the Kenyan economy offers substantial opportunities for partnerships between Nordic countries and Kenya, including on environment, health technology, renewable energy, financial services, high-tech solutions for agriculture and the green transition.
To mark the importance of enhanced trade relations, the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess will inaugurate the new premises of the Swedish and Norwegian trade promotion offices in Nairobi. They will also open a business forum, bringing together a wide range of Norwegian, Swedish and Kenyan businesses to discuss opportunities for trade and investment. The business forum will offer both the public and private sector opportunities to share and exchange knowledge, as well as to foster stronger relations between the two Nordic countries and Kenya.
The Nordic countries and Kenya share a common understanding on the link between sustainable development and security. This past year, Sweden and Kenya co-chaired the Stockholm +50 conference, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first global climate conference held in Stockholm, and which led to the setting up of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with headquarters in Nairobi. Norway and Kenya have together led the Informal Expert Group on Climate and Security in the UN Security Council and raised the impacts of climate change on the Council’s agenda.
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