In Tonga, the Crown Prince says ‘’I am here to listen and learn’’

Crown Prince Haakon visits TongaNuku'alofa, Tonga.Crown Prince Haakon visits Tonga.Photo: Karen Setten / NTB scanpix

“We live on the same planet” said Crown Prince Haakon when he talked about climate change during a dinner with Tonga’s royal couple on the Pacific island on Friday.

During an event in the capital Nuku’Alofa, about 200 guests heard Crown Prince Haakon talk about climate change and the ocean, which is the main reason why he and the Minister for Developmental Cooperation, Dag-Inge Ulstein of the Kristelig Folkeparti (KrF), are in Tonga.

‘’We live on the same planet. I am here to listen and learn from their experiences’’ said the Crown Prince.

In his speech, Chief Executive, Viela Tupou, talked about the changes in nature as a result of climate change that they have experienced in recent years.

Prior to dinner, the Crown Prince and King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u were entertained by a traditional dance of the Tongans. Later, the Crown Prince greeted all the invited guests.

Among the guests were members of the royal family, politicians,diplomats, retired soldiers, and business people.

Crown Prince Haakon and Development Minister ,Dag-Inge Ulstein, are in Tonga to put the sea and climate change on the agenda. The purpose is also to strengthen relations with states in the South Pacific, where the island states of Fiji and Samoa are also included.

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