On Tuesday, September 4, 2012, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark attended the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The crown prince also participated in presenting medals to winners in various competitions.
Meanwhile, it was announced that Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has become a “… member of the international panel to combat maternal mortality and promote reproductive health and rights…” at the request of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Per a press release:
“HRH Crown Princess Mary of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been invited to be the Danish member of a newly created international panel of leading and prominent persons (High Level Task Force on ICPD – HLTF). The Panel will work to promote the Cairo Programme of Action, and thus the agenda is about strengthening women’s reproductive health and rights, including combating maternal mortality and ensure access to family planning. Cairo Programme of Action adopted by the UN Population Conference (International Conference on Population and Development, ICPD) in Cairo in 1994. HRH Crown Princess has agreed to participate in the panel.
The panel will be headed by former Finnish President Tarja Halonen and the former President of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano and officially launched on October 1, 2012 in New York, where also the panel’s other members are published. The panel is expected to meet about twice a year in the period 2012-2015. Additionally, the members at relevant meetings and conferences to promote the Cairo action program objectives, and be advocates of women’s rights in general. Organizational becomes High Level Group an independent body, secretariat services of the civil society organization International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). HRH Crown Princess will participate in the panel’s first meeting, to be held on 29th-30th September in New York on the margins of the Ministerial session of the UN General Assembly.
HRH Crown Princess Mary’s participation in the panel is a natural extension of her role as patron of the United Nations Population Fund Maternity Worldwide, WHO-Europe and the Danish Refugee Council, as well as her commitment to the wider development issues and women’s conditions and rights in general. HRH Crown Princess Mary will be able to make an important contribution to international attention on particular maternal mortality and women’s rights and opportunities.”