HRH The Crown Princess Mette-Marit to Women Deliver

The Norwegian delegation is ready when Women Deliver takes place in Kuala Lumpur the coming days.

HKH Mette Marit
HRH The Crown Princess Mette-Marit will participate as a goodwill ambassador for UNAIDS. (Photo: Foto: Sølve Sundsbø / Det kongelige hoff )

Women Deliver 2013 will serve as a global platform for ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain top priorities now, and for decades to come.

HRH The Crown Princess Mette-Marit will participate as a goodwill ambassador for UNAIDS. From Norway you'll also find a large delegation with representation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norad and different NGO's. You can meet the Norwegian delegation at their stand in the conference area. Please follow Sex og politikk for updates.

Global health in Norwegian foreign and development policy

The work towards global health holds a high priority for the Norwegian government. The Government’s political platform takes special responsibility for Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. The Prime Minister has flagged this as one of his priority areas.

Norwegian contributions - Video:

Malawi is one of the countries in Africa south of the Sahara where maternal mortality is the highest. The main reasons are the long distances to health facilities, lack of trained health personnel and poor equipment. If these inadequacies were put right, the numbers of women dying would be drastically reduced.

Norwegian messages:

Achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights for all is an investment in girls' and women's health - it pays!

  • Safe deliveries saves lives @ birth - a right for every girl and woman
  • Respect, empower & promote the rights of young people - enjoy sexual rights!
  • Safe abortion - it's a woman's right

White paper on global health

In 2012 the Norwegian government presented a white paper to the Parliament on global health in foreign and development policy. The White Paper places the priorities for a coherent Norwegian global health policy in three main areas: mobilizing for women’s and children’s rights and health; reducing the burden of disease with the emphasis on prevention; and promoting human security through health.

The engagement goes far beyond aid, and we see a general turn towards partnership, technical cooperation, capacity building and better governance.

A report launched in is part of the follow-up of a White Paper on Global Health from 2011.The purpose of the report is to illustrate the wide range in activities with some concrete examples, show the results that have been achieved, as well as the challenges and possibilities the work offers.

Through 49 different contributions, we get a flare of what both public and non-governmental organisations are working on related to global health. The health stories and results are unique but nevertheless have many common features: Mobilization, prevention, competence-building, research and education, human rights, advocacy and collaboration across sectors.

Norwegian contributions - Video:

When a woman can choose if, when and how many children she wants, she has the opportunity to choose her own future. 200 million girls and women in the developing countries who do not want to get pregnant - but are unable to get contraception.