Crown Prince of Norway, HRH Haakon Magnus talking on “Partners Across the Globe – An Ocean of Challenges & Opportunities”
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus was visited by the Crown Prince of Norway, His Royal Highness Haakon Magnus on 9 April 2019.
Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation & International extended a warm welcome to HRH Magnus and his delegation saying it was an honour to be able to host them.
“The University is privileged to be working with the Norwegian Government and the University of Bergen to address the needs of the Pacific region, mainly in the critical areas of climate change, marine and oceans,” he noted.
He commented that there is a USP-Norway and USP-Bergen collaboration, which is working well and is framed to some extent in the context of the Partnership Dialogues and targets of the UN Oceans Conference, exemplifying Europe-Pacific cooperation.
The University he added, is fully committed towards leveraging its engagement with the Government of Norway, particularly in terms of providing technical support to enhance the work on marine, oceans and climate change in the Pacific region.
HRH gave a lecture on “Partners Across the Globe – An Ocean of Challenges & Opportunities” which was attended by students and staff in a packed auditorium.
He stated that as large ocean states, the South Pacific together with Norway have a lot in common and the ocean is key to our history, identity and economy.
HRH Magnus commented that their visit aimed to strengthen their cooperation with Fiji, especially on mutual challenges including having healthy oceans and fighting climate change.
“Our winters are getting shorter than before and our glaciers are getting smaller and this is how we are connected.
Crown Prince of Norway, HRH Haakon Magnus meets Norwegian students on campus.
“The ice in the North is melting which means it leads to the ocean coming up or the ocean rising all over the world,” he said.
“And of course in this region where you have done the least I guess to create the problem. You are bearing the brunt of the consequences,” he added.
He further added that international cooperation, technology and leadership are some of the reasons one can be hopeful for solutions.
HRH mentioned that students from the University of Bergen in Norway have engaged with USP for student exchange programmes which continues to develop particularly in areas like marine studies, climate science and Pacific studies.
Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Coll noted that, “we can all attest to the fact that your keynote address this morning reaffirms our resolve to continue to fight against climate change.”
Professor Coll commended Norway’s Multilateral Cooperation in the Pacific on both Climate Change and SDG 14 adding that, “we note your efforts in addressing these very crucial issues.”
The Crown Prince also had the time to meet with Norwegian students on Campus and enjoyed the superb performance by USP’s world renown Oceania Dance Theatre and Pasifika voices.
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