Abroad, Better Food For More People, DEMA, Meetings, Visits

A meeting with DEMA, an honorary membership, and an official visit to Washington D.C for Princess Marie !

After the first gala of the year and the 2017 review, let’s catch up with Princess Marie !

© By Frankie Fouganthin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

On January 4th, Princess Marie , as Patron of the Danish Emergency Management Agency and one of their special projects assistant, met with Dutch experts to learn about their initiatives to prevent fires and flooding and protect the population.

Since it was an unannounced event I don’t have any other details about the event. Marie wore her Isabel Marant jacket first worn in 2016.

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Another important news for Princess Marie ! It was announced on January 3rd that Princess Marie had accepted to be an Honorary Member of the Association of the Dane of Horseshoe (Danish Galop) was founded in 1859 by Crown Prince , later King Christian IX. The tradition is that the Monarch is the Patron of the association. Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Joachim already were honorary members and the association said they were delighted and honored to welcome Princess Marie.

They also announced that Princess Marie will attend a day at the Danish Galop Flagships in the Spring.

©Chris Lykkegaard, AIDS Fondet/Archive

Today, Princess Marie is making her first official visit to Washington D.C ! She met with Andrew Steeler , the President and CEO of the World Resources Institutes to talk about the fight against food waste and how Denmark was involved in it.

Since the meetings were private , we don’t have any official photos but I reached out to the World Resources Institute for more information and here is what they told me :

” Denmark is well-known as a global leader in the field of sustainable development. WRI is therefore delighted to have the opportunity to host a visit by Minister of Food and Environment Esben Lunde Larsen, HRH Princess Marie, and Lars Bo Møller, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Danish Embassy in Washington. The Danish delegation will meet with WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer and WRI’s senior leadership to exchange ideas on how to address urgent global issues at the nexus of development, environment and human well-being that are the focus of WRI’s work: food, forests, water, energy, cities and climate. In addition, the minister will share Danish perspectives on such sustainable development challenges in an address and Q&A session with WRI staff.

The Danish delegation and WRI leadership will also discuss progress in a new initiative, Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals (P4G), led by a group of countries that includes Denmark, Chile, Ethiopia, Kenya, Korea, Mexico and Vietnam, along with leaders from business and international organizations. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and other government leaders launched P4G at the UN General Assembly in New York last September. It aims to foster innovative public-private partnerships to accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WRI hosts the P4G secretariat.
The World Resources Institute is a global think-and-do tank with more than 700 experts and other staff, half in Washington and half in international offices in the big emerging markets of the developing world: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. WRI also has regional hub offices for engagement in Europe (in The Hague) and Africa (in Addis Ababa). WRI follows a three-fold approach to solving urgent global problems: Count It (research and analysis to define problems and identify solutions); Change It (close engagement with governments, businesses and civil society partners to implement, test and adjust solutions) and Scale It (fostering innovative global coalitions to reach tipping points where new and better approaches become the new normal).
WRI collaborated with Denmark in the creation of the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, the global standard for measuring and reducing food loss and waste. The protocol is now being adopted by leading food companies and governments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which aims to cut food loss and waste by half by 2030. Currently about one quarter of the calories produced for human consumption are never eaten. Reducing food loss and waste can help to reduce the environmental footprint of food production and reduce global hunger. ” (NB: Selina Juul worked with the WRI on the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, she’s one of their Champions)

After the meetings, Princess Marie attended an official dinner at the Danish Embassy in Washington.

UPDATE: The Ministry of Food and Environment posted a photo of the Danish delegation !

The Minister Esben Lunde Larsen posted another one too! (Couldn’t help but notice that the lady next to Marie is wearing a Giorgio Armani jacket also owned by Marie!)

 

Princess Marie wore an UFO outfit first worn in November 2013 and what seems to be her favorite Sergio Rossi ankle boots first worn in 2016.

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This visit ties nicely with an event Princess Marie will host on January 18th. She invited children to cook with her in her home at Klampenborg in order to teach them about food waste and how to avoid it. Princess Marie has worked closely with WeFood’s and Stop Spild af Mad’s founder Selina Juul over the years and I hear that great things are to come! You can learn more about Stop Spild af Mad here.

We’ll next see Princess Marie next Tuesday when she will visit Vejen Gymnasium to teach a French lesson with another teacher and next Thursday with the children in her home.

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Visits

Princess Marie attends the L’Oreal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science 2017

Today, Princess Marie attended the L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science 2017 as Patron of the Danish Committee of UNESCO. These awards were created in Denmark in 2007 by the L’Oreal Foundation and UNESCO. The awards exist in different countries as well.

Princess Marie has previously attended in 2013 and in 2015 . Over the years , 97 awards have been given in different countries and two recipients have won a Nobel Prize. This year’s Danish edition was special as it was the 10th anniversary of the awards in Denmark.

The awards aims to recognize women in science and push women to expose their ideas and their works. Each year, three women are chosen among the contestants to receive the awards. This year’s winners are Katrine Ter-Borch Gram Schjoldager from the University of Copenhagen, Kirsten Marie Ornsbjerg from the Chemical Institute of the University of Copenhagen and Sofia Ribeiro from the Geological Survey for Denmark and Greenland Institute. Each winner also gets 100000 kr ( = around $16,000 ) for further research.

Princess Marie gave a short speech , praising the women and saying how important it is that more and more women are recognized in their field of research even though scientific research is still a field dominated by men.

 

Princess Marie wore an UFO black pant suit from 2015 with a new Hugo Boss blouse.

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She also wore her Sergio Rossi black ankle boots,  her old JEWLSCPH earrings and her Christine Hvelplund bracelet.

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© JEWLSCPH
© Christine Hvelplund

We’ll next see Princess Marie on December 7, as she will attend the 80th anniversary celebrations of the Lecturer’s Order.

AIDS-Fondet, Visits

Princess Marie attends World AIDS Day event

Today, Princess Marie ,as Patron of AIDS-Fondet, attended an event in honor of World AIDS Day.
Princess Marie is Patron of AIDS-Fondet since December 1st, 2012. She is very involved in the cause and she attended AIDS-Fondet’s Christmas concert last week.

Marie brought her children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, with her. She had also brought them the last time she attended the event in 2014 (with Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix).
Each year, candles are lit in honor of those who lost their lives because of HIV. This event was created in 1994 by the Positive Group. The Positive Group offers support for people infected by HIV.

In honor of World AIDS Day, Marie gave an interview to Out & About, a Danish LGBTQ magazine, you can read the translation I made here.
© Chris Christophersen / Out & About
Princess Marie wore a new black double breasted coat with a red turtleneck top and black pants.
I don’t have enough photos to be sure but I believe she also wore her Sergio Rossi black suede ankle boots and her Christine Hvelplund earrings.
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AIDS-Fondet, Visits

Princess Marie attends the AIDS-Fondet’s Christmas Concert

 Princess Marie was at Trinitatis Church in Copenhagen today to attend AIDS-Fondet’s Christmas Concert.

This concert has been held annually since 1996 and Marie has attended the concert since she became Patron of the organization in 2012. She was accompanied by Susse Wold, the President of the Fondation. Susse broke her ankle recently but it did not prevent her to attend the concert.
Opera singers Jens-Christian Wandt and Andrea Pellegrini performed at the concert. Susse Wold said to Billed-Bladet that :“It was a fantastic concert”.

After the concert, Susse Wold and Princess Marie made a speech that you can read here.In her speech, she stated the importance to talk about HIV and AIDS. A reception was held afterwards.

Charles-Henri Keller, Prince Henrik’s nephew who is very close to Prince Joachim and Princess Marie ,was also there.

For this event, Princess Marie wore a new red jacket by Paule Ka with an old black turtleneck and an UFO black skirt she debuted earlier this year.

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She wore her Sergio Rossi suede black ankle boots first worn in 2016 and a new black clutch and one of her favorite brooch. The clutch is the ‘Aicha’ clutch by Carlend Copenhagen.

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©Carlend Copenhagen

We’ll next see Marie on Tuesday when she’ll attend DanChurchAid’s christmas party as Patron.

Interviews, Stop Spild Af Mad

Princess Marie and Selina Juul give interview about food waste and WeFood

It appears that Selina Juul and Princess Marie are bringing their fight against food waste abroad ! Indeed, they gave interviews to foreign TV channels about food waste and WeFood. Princess Marie received both journalists at Amalienborg Palace.

Princess Marie gave an interview to Globo Reporter , a Brazilian TV Channel, about food waste and WeFood, a Danish store Marie officially launched in February 2016. She started promoting the WeFood campaign in 2015. It is an initiative from DanChurchAid, of which Princess Marie is Patron.

© Globo Reporter video

Princess Marie’s dog Apple was also in the video.

© Globo Reporter video

With thanks to Lurdes from Tesouras&Tiaras, here is a transcript of Marie’s interview which you can watch here.

© Globo Reporter video

Journalist : What does it feel like to be a Princess in the 21st century ?

Marie : My husband and I hope to be seen as examples. Examples of a simple life that I take very seriously. I cook everything that’s in the fridge, all the time. I do not like throwing food in the trash. Even if the expiration date has passed, I always take a second look at the product before throwing it away.
The voice over explains that Princess Marie is leading an initiative in fighting food waste , with two stores in Copenhagen already established by DanChurchAid. In these stores, you can purchase products left over from other stores with a 25% discount. Profit reverts to various hunger projects around the world. All this was possible when the law in Denmark changed in 2014 allowing products that would usually go into the trash but were still good for consumption to be donated by supermarkets and restaurants and resold in these stores like WeFood.
One employee of WeFood said: “It’s hard to tell people that they can eat food after the expiration date. Obviously, you have to be careful. For example, we do not sell meat or fish out of date because it would be dangerous but there is no problem in selling chips whose expiration date has passed.” The employee also shows vegetables with weird shapes or that are considered “ugly” by consumers but that are good to eat. No one buys them in regular stores , thus wasting, but they are bought into stores like WeFood.
© Globo Reporter video
The voice over says that last year, WeFood sold 100 tons of food that would have gone into the trash. The work is done by 100 volunteers, the most famous being Princess Marie.
Marie says : ” A third of all the food produced goes into the trash. And when we think that 800 million people are hungry in the world while we throw food away, it’s simply unacceptable.
The journalist also interviewed a garbage man who said he loves what he does!  They explained that each wooden cabine that serves as a particular dwelling building is destined for a different type of garbage. The degree of confidence in Danish society is high, to the extent that the garbage man has access to the dwellings of all the houses that are included in his job route.
Princess Marie also said : ” This is a country where we feel truly safe. We take our children to school by bike. It’s great!”.
© Globo Reporter video
This morning, Princess Marie and Selina Juul, the founder of Stop Spild af Mad (Stop Food Waste), gave another interview to France 2, a French TV Channel.
© France 2 video

With thanks to an anonymous reader, here is a transcript of Marie’s part of the interview:

© France 2 video

Journalist : Today, the Denmark has become an example for the whole world [about food waste]

Marie: If there is one country where I could have imagined this to be possible, it’s here. Danes are really respectful, proper and generous. They have a huge respect for the environment. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the WeFood store…
Journalist : I did! You officially opened it
Marie: I did ! WeFood sells all the products that can’t be sell in supermarkets with a 30% to 50% discount, the ones with a broken packaging, the ones whose expiration date has passed and the ones that were in too much quantity , because there always is too much products [in supermarkets].
All profits go to the humanitarian association to help people suffering from famine and malnutrition , that is almost 800 million people.
If I am so involved in this cause, it is because I really care about this. And I don’t like throwing things in the trash [when we could still eat them or use them if it’s not food]. I really can’t do that and it’s part of my education. I had the chance to have parents who were good examples for me.

The change in behavior is the only way! It’s like turning off the lights [when we leave a room or don’t need them], we do not throw food in the trash. I hope never throwing food will become a reflex.

© France 2 video
The journalist then interviewed Selina Juul.

Selina: When I came to Denmark from Moscow, Russia 25 years ago, I was very shocked to see so much food here. People wasted food everywhere and I felt the need to create this movement and it exploded! So we aim to educate the consumers, we give them tool to help them stop wasting food and we also work with schools and children all over the country.
Journalist: Selina, Denmark reduced its food wasting by 25%, which is amazing. But you think we could do even better. How ?
Selina: Of course, 25% is an amazing job! And since the past ten years, our association has insisted on the change of habits of all levels of the food chain from the farms to the supermarkets and consumers. We were supported by the last three governments, we create a new chain of values where we collaborate with supermarkets,restaurants and consumers so that they won’t buy or serve products based on if they are “ugly” or not, the esthetic value is not taken into account. Of course, we can export our knowledge to other countries but you need to understand that Denmark is a really small country so this can not be implemented in the US, in China or in Russia but we are doing what we can to inspire them to avoid food wasting

© France 2 video

You can watch the full interview here.

I emailed Stop Spild af Mad and Kongehuset asking for more information about these interviews and if there were going to be more of them but I didn’t get any answer so far.

© Stop Spild Af Mad

Princess Marie is very involved in the fight against food waste. Last August, she was the Patron of the World Food Summit – Better Food for More People and she took over Samvirke’s instagram to talk about her own way of avoiding food waste in her home. You can read more about Stop Spild af Mad here.

© Samvirke

For the interview with Globo Reporter, Princess Marie wore her white Zara jacket first worn in 2012 and her Jimmy Choo nude suede ‘Romy’ pumps first worn earlier this year.

©Zara

 

    © Jimmy Choo
 For the interview with France 2 , Marie wore a new purple blouse with her Sergio Rossi boots first worn in 2016.
    © Farfetch

We’ll next see Princess Marie on the 26th as she’ll attend AIDS-Fondet’s christmas party.