26 May 2010

Prince of Wales at Oslo Climate and Forest Conference

HRH The Prince of Wales arrived today in Oslo to attend the Climate and Forest Conference, which takes place on Thursday 27 May 2010.

The goal of the conference - to quote the FAQ at the official website - is to establish the framework required for securing effective and sustainable implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation).

During his visit, the Prince of Wales will stay at the Royal Palace. He was met by Crown Prince Haakon at Oslo Airport Gardermoen today, but it is Crown Princess Mette-Marit who will play the role as host, as the other royals have a packed program. According to the Norwegian Royal Court, the Crown Prince had a meeting with the Prince of Wales at 5 p.m., before heading for the airport again to leave for Shanghai, where he is to attend the Norway Day at Expo 2010.

King Harald and Queen Sonja are in Bergen in connection with the annual Bergen festival. Crown Princess Mette-Marit will therefore represent the royal house tonight at the official dinner arranged by the Norwegian Prime Minister on the occasion of the climate conference. The king will be back, however, be back in Oslo on Thursday to host a luncheon for the heads of state and heads of government attending the conference.

The Norwegian Prime Minister's Office has published a participants list for the conference. It gives the names of Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark, President Ali-Ben Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyano of Indonesia, Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga of Kenya, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway, Prime Minister Michael Somare of Papua New Guinea and President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo.

In addition among others 18 ministers will attend, as well as dignitaries such as the Prince of Wales and Noble laurate and Professor Wangari Muta Maathai from Kenya.


Correction: It is quite possible that I misunderstood the information concerning the meeting between Crown Prince Haakon and the Prince of Wales. It seems that the (only) meeting took place at Oslo Airport Gardermoen before Crown Prince Haakon's take-off. (Updated Friday 28 May 2010 at 1600.)


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