Welcome to this new series on the blog! There’ll be several flashback posts to events attended by Prince Joachim and Princess Marie when there are no events scheduled for them. I hope you’ll like discovering some of their old events on this blog.
On April 1st, 2016, Princess Marie visited the Danish Meteorological Institute in Copenhagen as part of her work with the Danish Emergency Management Agency.
Today, Princess Marie attended the launch of the Danish UNESCO National Commission’s new strategy for 2019-2022. Princess Marie is Patron of the Commission and the Commission started working on the strategy last May in a seminar that Princess Marie attended.
UNESCO has been working on goal 4: “a good education for all” out of the 17 goals set out by the UN to ensure the planet’s sustainable development by 2030. The Danish Minister of Education said: “In more than 70 years UNESCO has worked globally for freedom of expression, respect for all human worth, good education for all and the preservation of valuable culture and natural heritage. These are values that Denmark is known for around the world. But we can not take them for granted. The world is changing rapidly, and each generation must reinvent and defend basic Democracy and freedoms. Denmark is among the best in the world to achieve the goal of a good education for all, but there are still challenges. The things we do is to get all of the conditions to complete an education, make it attractive to acquire vocational training and creating inclusive learning environments free from bullying. That can UNESCO and the World Goals help us to do better. “
The new strategy focuses on five main strategic initiatives. For each strategic initiatives, the Danish UNESCO National Commission set out goals to ensure that they can do better in those fields between 2019 and 2022:
Partnerships for the future
show how UNESCO and the Danish UNESCO actors contribute to achieving world goals and develop cooperation with all relevant stakeholders in relation to achieving the government’s target world ambitions.
be a catalyst for the opportunities, skills, and ideas for new initiatives and collaborations and we will bring stakeholders together.
mobilize resources and seek partnerships to UNESCO-related activities in Denmark and to projects that have a global focus.
strengthen communication about what we do, why we do it and what we achieve
strengthen the partnership with the Danish UNESCO institutions like the Danish UNESCO Center (the Center for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability) and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights and to ensure that they are a resource in implementing the strategy for working with UNESCO
encourage Danish stakeholders to engage in the UN Decade for Marine
Good education and global citizenship
help to ensure that all children and young people know the world goals. This will be done through the national work with education as a force for democracy and sustainable development through cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including UNESCO World undersized schools and adult education initiatives.
examine how UNESCO can play along with the Danish science strategy and promote the narrative that science is important for children and young people’s general education and contribute to solutions to global challenges.
inspiration to several Danish cities will be part of the global network of cities as UNESCO learning cities and UNESCO creative cities.
support and strengthen vocational schools and technical science education focusing on sustainable development. This will be done in collaboration with pupils, students, schools and universities and the parties behind the programs
work to ensure that UNESCO continues to provide quality data in the form of “Global Education Monitoring Report” and the results disseminated and used.
along with libraries, schools, and civil society to support strategic and concrete activities that promote reading – for example in the UN reading days each year on 8 September.
maintain focus on the right to education for refugee and migrant children in collaboration with civil society organizations, UN and other relevant training actors.
Freedom of expression and information creating democracy
actively promote global monitoring of artistic expression and relate it to Danish conditions and examine how the experience of working for the safety of journalists can be transferred to artists and scholars of the same challenges.
work to strengthen UNESCO’s monitoring of the right to science, culture, education, and freedom of scientific research. The Danish UNESCO Chair at the University of cultural rights will generate and communicate new knowledge and insights based on UNESCO conventions and recommendations
seek cooperation that strengthens digital imaging and media and information knowledge that can promote the desire to participate in an informed, critical and respectful democratic conversation.
highlighting the importance of equal access to information and preparedness to respond to propaganda and misinformation
support active Danish efforts of UNESCO’s International Program for Media Development (IPDC) and set up a campaign that Denmark elected into the program expert for the period 2019-2023.
follow up by Danish media actors and relevant ministries to prepare a national action plan for the safety of journalists, as recommended in the “UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity”
engage in dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including municipalities, the potential of several refuges or other measures to ensure artistic freedom and protect persecuted artists.
World heritage and communities in development
support the Danish authorities’ ongoing work with the Danish World.
support networking and exchange of experiences across the World Heritage in Denmark.
focus on how Denmark’s World Heritage sites, living heritage, cultural values, geoparks, and biosphere reserves and city networks contribute – individually and collectively – to education for sustainable development and global citizenship.
bring knowledge of the world compared to Danish educational institutions including through UNESCO collections at Moesgaard Museum and distribution of UNESCO guides and educational resources through relevant channels and EMU, Denmark learning portal.
demonstrate the importance of being a UNESCO designation, among other sustainable tourism, local identity, and the economy. It could be done through analysis and good examples.
engage in initiatives that make cultural heritage – both the living and material – relevant to children and young people and puts it in a contemporary context.
support Denmark’s involvement in the protection of cultural property during armed conflict, including cooperation with research institutions, museums, public authorities, and other actors.
Equality and Inclusion across all initiatives
systematically integrate a gender perspective in the strategy’s action plan and equality assess all initiatives.
seek cooperation with Danish media actors in order to strengthen the focus on gender equality, both among media actors in content, through source selection and resourceful to stories, speakers and panelists at conferences and the like.
maintain UNESCO’s efforts to promote sex education in developing countries. Denmark is working actively to UNESCO’s “International Technical Guide on Sexuality Education”, used to strengthen sex education in schools.
strengthen the focus on sex and gender disparities on the importance of girls ‘and boys’ education practice
maintain UNESCO’s monitoring of global trends and challenges in relation to violence and bullying in schools based on gender, sexuality and gender identity. Denmark has joined UNESCO’s Call for Action as an important tool to promote learning environments free of discrimination both in Denmark and globally.
support more women to choose research road. L’Oréal/UNESCO prizes to young women researchers is a recognized model to be developed, including the possibility of concluding cooperation with other UNESCO concepts.
To launch the strategy, Princess Marie made a speech:
It is my great pleasure and pleasure to be able to participate in the launch of the new strategy for the Danish UNESCO work.
Congratulations to us. Congratulations to us that we now have a completed strategic framework for the Danish UNESCO work for the next 4 years. The work was started, as many of us were together not far from here at Blox last May. The final strategy that lies ahead of us has come to the world based on a great effort from many different subject areas and from many places in the country. It is in the spirit of UNESCO and I would like to thank you.
The UN’s 17 world goals play a central role in the strategy and world goals are not only important to us in UNESCO, but also to more and more organizations and businesses that have taken it on. The world goals are the most important conversation of our time, and I am pleased that in the Danish UNESCO work we can help carry this on to an even larger circle.
UNESCO is the UN body responsible for world goals 4 on a good education for all. And we are proud and happy about that. Everyone has the right to education! UNESCO’s work with world heritage is known throughout Denmark – and that is important.
Fewer people know about the Geopark in Odsherred and the Biosphere Reserve on Møn. Or for concepts such as UNESCO learning and creative cities. It is a shame … Because when a municipality engages in the opportunities and the “brand” UNESCO can offer, one will experience an increasing local commitment and pride.
In our work, we must strengthen our knowledge of the many opportunities and potentials that exist in UNESCO. There are countless resources in the Danish UNESCO landscape. The challenge for the next 4 years is to connect them in new ways. We must strive to see new synergies and work across sectors and organizations.
We need to help each other strengthen the knowledge of the many tools that UNESCO offers to the member states. UNESCO’s programs and networks are an offer for everyone to engage in our common future. But it can be difficult to do alone. Therefore, the strategy aims to explore new opportunities to work across and to enter into new partnerships. In Denmark, we have seen a growing interest in UNESCO in recent years in the form of a stronger commitment at local, regional and national level. The strategy points to 5 initiatives that can lift UNESCO’s work in Denmark
Besides partnerships for the future, this is about good education and global citizenship, freedom of expression in the press, art and science as well as world heritage and local development and not least equality and inclusion. The efforts go across all UNESCO mandates. It’s ambitious and it’s great.
Our children will inherit the world after us.
Therefore, I am very pleased to read that the Danish UNESCO National Commission wants to promote an approach that recognizes young people as actors who can create change and sustainable development. We cannot do without the engagement of the young! Later today, work must be done to link concrete actions and activities to the strategy and I look forward to following the work for the next 4 years.
First of all, a new photo of Prince Nikolai was released for his 19th birthday! I wish him a very happy birthday!
Today, French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron started their state visit to Denmark. After a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kastellet with the Crown Prince Couple, they met the Queen and the rest of the royal family at Amalienborg Palace.
Princess Marie wore a new red blouse from Tara Jarmon with an old black UFO skirt. Tara Jarmon is Marie’s favorite French brand!
She paired it with her red Michael Kors ‘Clara’ pumps and a new Naledi Copenhagen ‘Sascha’ clutch.
Both her earrings and her ring are old and UFO. She first wore the earrings in 2014 and the ring to the New Year’s Gala earlier this year.
The Presidential Couple and the Crown Prince Couple had several events scheduled in the afternoon before the gala dinner. Queen Margrethe wore the sash of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur ( she is Grand Cross which is the highest level and the only one with a sash).
The Crown Prince Couple wore the sash of the Order of National Merit (second highest French order).
Princess Marie wore the cross of Grand Officer of the Légion d’Honneur (highest order) which she received back in 2017. It seems Prince Joachim also received the Légion d’Honneur (cross+ red medal).
Princess Benedikte wore the sash of her Order of the Elephant.
Queen Margrethe and Emmanuel Macron made speeches as usual during a gala dinner but this one was special as they both held their speeches in French, per Queen Margrethe’s request. You can read Margrethe’s speech here.
Princess Marie was seated next to François Zimeray, the French ambassador to Denmark who will leave his position on Thursday.
For this gala dinner, Princess Marie surprised us all by debuting a new tiara! It seems to be made of diamonds and sapphire but I emailed the Court to try and get more information. It seems that Marie also has a matching ring but I couldn’t find a good shot of it. UPDATE 30/08: You can read more about Marie’s ‘Nuits Claires’ tiara here.
She wore a new Rikke Gudnitz off the shoulder gown for this very special gala dinner. The gown was custom made for Marie by her favorite designer.
She paired her new jewels and her new gown with UFO earrings from 2014 and an old UFO clutch.
She paired this new gown with matching Michael Kors ‘Hutton’ sandals which she also owns in blue.
We’ll see Prince Joachim and Princess Marie tomorrow at the return event hosted by Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron.
Today, Princess Marie visited Vejen Gymnasium og HF in Vejen. She was there to co-teach a french lesson for two classes of students.
Before starting, Princess Marie told the students : ” The only way to learn French is to talk, talk and talk, always.”
Princess Marie , the teacher and the students worked on the pronounciation of French words with games and Princess Marie had two prizes for the winners , a Royal Copenhagen mug and a pen.
At the end of the lesson, Princess Marie told the reporters : ” I have never tried to teach French this way. I am very impressed by the students’s ambition to learn the French language. French is a difficult but important language”.
Vejen Gymnasium tells me that the reason of her visit is to help increase interest in foreign language education in Denmark in general and in French specifically. Lars Amdisen Bossen, the headmaster , said : ” When the Queen got married with Prince Henrik, the interest in France increased. […] In 2004, French was the largest subject in language teaching in upper secondary schools.”
Clearly, the visit made a lasting impact on the students. One of them told jv.dk: “She was simply so helpful. I did not understand everything she said but it helped when she formulated it differently” while another said : ” It’s the first time I have been taught by a Princess. She is really sweet and totally down to earth.”
Today, Princess Marie was in Vordingborg as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism. Princess Marie first visited the Stronstrom Autism Center where she met patients and learned about the center’s new method.
Princess Marie is really involved in her role as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism, it was one of her first patronage and the cause is really important for her as one of her nephew is autistic.She usually attends several events related to the association every year. There were only four photos released and you can see them in the article above.
Afterwards, she went to BiograffCaffeen to attend the premiere of the new documentary ‘Det Digitale Tilbud’ (‘The Digital Offer’) which was produced by the Center and promote the use of digital tools to help autistic people become self-reliant and to give them a better life.The film has won the “Excellence Award” at the American Short Film Festival and had also been awarded the ‘Recognition Award’ at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. You can see more photos here.
Princess Marie said that : ” The movie was really good. It shows how important it is to use digital tools to give people with autism a better everyday life”. Princess Marie was involved in the making of the film as she is the one giving a short introduction to the project at the beginning of the film. You can see it below and watch the full film here.
For this important visit, Princess Marie wore an old UFO jacket first worn in 2011 with a purple top and brown pants.
She paired this outfit with amethyst earrings, her old Naledi Copenhagen clutch and her old Sergio Rossi black ankle boots.
In the video, she’s wearing her Baum und Pferdgarten top, first worn earlier this year.
There hasn’t been any events announced for Marie by Kongehuset.