Royals at the United Nations

Royals from around the World, including Jordan, Belgium, The Netherlands, Monaco, Norway, Liechtenstein, Tonga, and Qatar, were in New York City last week to attend a series of events and meetings for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima (UNSGSA) of The Netherlands were in in New York from September 24 to 27, to take part in the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations (AVVN), during which the King gave an address to the General Assembly, while the Queen marked her 10th Anniversary as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. Princess Mabel was also present, promoting her organisation, Girls not Brides.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium was in New York her capacity as United Nations advocate for sustainable development goals, participating in various UN meetings and activities that emphasize the importance of an urgent and concrete application of the sustainable development goals, along with children’s and women’s rights and mental health.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway met with Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, as they were both leading their respective countries’ delegations at the United Nations.

King Abdullah of Jordan gave an address to the General Assembly, while Queen Rania spoke at the Concordia Annual Summit: “We are not on track to achieve the UN sustainable development goals by 2030. Everyday, every hour, every minute that we lag behind in our efforts means more people will die preventable deaths.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco advocated for action on climate change as he led the Monegasque delegation to the United Nations.

Sheikha Mozah of Qatar met the Emir Sunusi II of Kano as they attended the Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy organised by the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York City. The King of Tonga also gave a speech.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were also in attendance at the opening session of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations, though they were only views and not direct participants.


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