Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway Attends the Seminar, Grafikkens Stilling, at the Nasjonalmuseet.

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway participated in the seminar entitled, Grafikkens Stilling (The Position of Graphics) at the Nasjonalmuseet (National Museum) in Oslo.

This morning’s seminar was held on the occasion of the Queen Sonja Print Award 2022 which took place last evening at the MUNCH in Oslo. The recipient of the Queen Sonja Print Award went to French-Moroccan artist, Ms. Yto Barrada. The QSPA Inspirational Award went to Sámi artist, Ms. Meerke Vekteri. The Honorary QSPA Lifetime Achievement Award went to South African artist, Mr. William Kentridge.

According to the Norwegian royal court, the winners and nominees of the Queen Sonja Print Award attended today’s event.

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian royal court

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the 2022 Prix du Concours de Langue Monégasque.

On Monday, June 20, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco accompanied by his cousin, Miss Melanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy, attended the 2022 Prix du Concours de Langue Monégasque (Monégasque Language Competition Award Ceremony) held in the courtyard at the Mairie de Monaco in Monaco-Ville.

Established in 1981, the Monégasque Language Competition is a culture, history, and language competition consisting of written and oral tests.

HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg Begins His Economic Mission to Canada.

On Monday, June 20, 2022, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg accompanied by the Minister of Economy, Mr. Franz Foyet, began their four-day economic mission to Canada.

Yesterday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Mr. Foyet attended the opening of the Luxembourg-Ontario Business Forum. The seminars:

“…highlighted the opportunities specific to each market, with a potential for new cooperation and innovation. The organization of working groups allowed for productive exchanges on current topics such as cybersecurity, health technologies, or fintech.”

Thereafter, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Mr. Fayot attended a luncheon with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Discussions, over salad and fish, focused on the political, economic, and social situations. A particular focus was put on the international situation and the management of the crisis in Ukraine, given that Canada is home to one of the largest Ukrainian diasporas in the world.

In the afternoon, the hereditary grand duke and Mr. Foyet attended the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) event organized by Startup Luxembourg and the Canadian incubator, DMZ.

The day ended with a cocktail mingling party aka networking reception with members of the Luxembourg economic delegation and hundreds of representatives from various Ontario, Canada-based companies. The purpose of the reception was to facilitate exchanges and strengthen the economic ties between Canada and Luxembourg.

HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Inaugurates the Roseraie du Park Laval in Esch-sur-Alzette.

On Monday, June 20, 2022, Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg inaugurated the Roseraie du Park Laval in Esch-sur-Alzette.

During the inauguration, the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa baptized the new delicate white petal Rose, Stand, Speak, Rise Up. According to the Cour Gand-Ducal, the rose was “…specially developed in homage to the association of the same name, initiated by the Grand Duchess.”

In her speech during the baptism of the rose, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa thanked the non-profit association, Patrimoine Roses pour le Luxembourg, which had the idea of the delicate white rose which has strong symbolism “…the white rose is a symbol of attachment and resistance…” according to the Cour Grand-Ducale. The grand duchess also thanked Mrs. Claudine Als and all the members of the Board of Directors of the ABSL.

Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians Gives a Speech During the Opening Ceremony of the 15th Edition of European Development Days.

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians gave a speech during the opening ceremony of the 15th Edition of European Development Days in Brussels. The theme of the two-day conference is Global Gateway: Building Sustainable Partnerships for a Connected World. 

According to a press release, the European Development Days is:

“Europe’s leading forum on international partnerships. The two-day event is the European Union’s premier forum for discussion of the big issues facing international partnerships today. It is the biggest of its kind, attracting more than 10,000 participants each year.” 

The European Union’s Global Gateway Strategy will boost smart, clean, and secure links in the digital, energy, and transport sectors and strengthen health, education, and research systems across the world. The EDD presents an opportunity to take stock of progress in implementing the Global Gateway strategy. In line with the Strategy, discussions are organised along five streams: Digital, Climate and Enegry, Transport, Health, Education and Research.

In her speech, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde said:

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be able to participate in person again in this multi-partner international conversation, under the auspices of the European Development Days.

Speaking as an Advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, my main task today is to remind all stakeholders of the importance of this global agenda. Unanimously adopted by the international community in 2015, its purpose is to make the world more equitable and more sustainable for all by 2030.

Unfortunately, these priorities have been hijacked by two major crises: the COVID pandemic, and the resurgence of war in Europe. The consequences, in terms of human suffering, for the economy worldwide, and the food security of many countries are dramatic. These emergencies have compelled decision-makers to focus mainly on managing the short term. Human and financial resources have been diverted to respond to immediate needs.

However, this should not become the “new normal”. Let us not forget that, beyond statistics on goals and targets, the SDGs outline a shared vision and provide a roadmap for the future we want to achieve. We must consider how, even in times of emergency, decision-makers, organizations, and individuals can re-establish and continue to expand their capacity, including their capacity to plan for a more distant future. They must be able to implement those plans as well, devising local, national, and international policies and cooperation systems to reach the objectives that the international community has set for itself so that the vision can be made a reality.

Developing and prioritizing policies and actions to combat climate change, poverty, gender inequality, pollution, and the depletion of world resources is the first step.

The European Green Deal is a bold project and illustrates that it can be done. Implementation will often require leaving the beaten path, thinking and acting differently, changing mindsets, and collectively shaping new priorities and new forms of collaboration that produce win-win results, based on shared values.

We know that innovative solutions can come from the entire world: from researchers, businesses, ordinary citizens, and young people. They might address local problems and use local resources, but they can still inspire others, even in faraway settings and different environments. The impressive set of connections proposed by the Global Gateway strategy will hopefully become a network of two-way streets and avenues, which will help ideas and experiences flow in many directions and enrich one another.

TMs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Chair a Meeting with Board of Trustees from the Fundación Princesa de Asturias.

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain chaired the annual meeting with the Board of Trustees of the Fundación Princesa de Asturias (Princess of Asturias Foundation) held at Palacio Real in Madrid.

The Princess of Asturias Foundation is a non-profit private institution whose essential goals are to contribute to extolling and promoting scientific, cultural, and humanistic values that form part of the universal heritage of humanity; moreover, to consolidate the existing links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs to the Crown of Spain.

The Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation consists of twenty individuals who are in charge of establishing the activities to be carried out, approving the budgets, setting the criteria for action, and so forth.