Photo: Kate Gabor, royalcourt.se Sweden
The United Nations, headed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has chosen Crown Princess Victoria to be one of sixteen Advocates to promote the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals. The role the Crown Princess and the other Advocates will play will be to “leverage their unique standing and leadership” to promote the messages and encourage partnerships with governments, the private sector and civil society.
The 17 Global Goals were adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York in September last year. The goals represent a commitment by all nations to work together to end poverty, build peace and secure a life of dignity and a healthy planet for present and future generations.
“It is both an honour and a pleasure for Sweden that Crown Princess Victoria has been chosen for this important role and that she has accepted. This shows that both the Swedish Government and the Royal Court are deeply engaged in the 2030 Agenda, the action to achieve the Global Goals,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
“Crown Princess Victoria and the other Advocates have a very important role to play, serving to both inspire and press for action. These Global Goals are needed for the countries of the world to work together to stop and prevent conflicts and refugee crises. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace, security and respect for human rights. The Global Goals give us fifteen years of opportunities to build a better world,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.
Other Advocates include singer Shakira Mebarak, footballer Lionel Messi and actor Forest Whitaker.
Crisis and conflict management and international peace support operations, including in the UN, are some of the issues that particularly engage Crown Princess Victoria. She has, for instance, been a patron of the Church of Sweden’s international work for more than 15 years.
In her engagement she draws inspiration from figures including her relative Folke Bernadotte:
“Conflicts and wars inflict wounds. They engrave antagonisms into people’s memories and hearts, and those antagonisms persist down several generations.
Working for peace means acknowledging those wounds. Being aware of the history behind the conflict, but having the strength and the wisdom to rise above it for the sake of reconciliation and the future.
Folke Bernadotte was the UN’s first mediator. He is one of our foremost role models in the Swedish tradition of working for peace.”