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Video - HRH Crown Princess Mary: Cooperation and young people are key

The innovative solutions required to achieve the UN’s Global Goals come from cooperation between the public and private spheres - and from young people, said the Crown Princess of Denmark in her speech at DI’s Business Summit in the Opera House.
Click the image to watch HRH Crown Princess Mary’s full speech (16 minutes in Danish).

Publiceret: 28.09.2017
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The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals are like President John F. Kennedy’s famous moon shot in 1961:

Enormously ambitious and seemingly unattainable. But only seemingly.

Because if the world stands together, they are possible. This was the message from HRH Crown Princess Mary in her speech to about 1,200 business leaders and politicians at DI’s Business Summit this past Tuesday at the Opera House in Copenhagen.

“The Sustainability Goals have been called the most ambitious global vision in history. They will require enormous investments every year until 2030, and only in collaboration can the mission successfully be accomplished. And that is why we must be better at establishing partnerships between the public and private sectors,” she said.

See also: Ok for companies to profil from SDGs

Lifesaving drones in Rwanda

The Crown Princess noted that the global goals also mean opportunities for companies. As an example she described a project in Rwanda, which was recently awarded a 2017 Index Award.

The Silicon Valley company ’Zipline – Lifesaving Deliveries’ and Rwanda’s government have collaborated to develop the world’s first commercial drone delivery system, which delivers lifesaving supplies such as blood and medicine to remote regions of the African country.

“This is a design solution capable of saving lives. It is a cooperation between Rwanda’s government, which is responsible for securing access to health services for all citizens, and a company with creative ideas, which can help the government live up to that responsibility in practice,” said HRH Crown Princess Mary.

See also: UNLEASH kick off in Copenhagen

Young people think outside the box

“UNLEASH is another good example of an initiative and a collaboration that aims to generate sustainable and innovative solutions to global challenges,” she added.

UNLEASH’s vision is to build a platform for young talents to develop innovative and scalable solutions. Recently, 1,000 young talents from more than 100 countries gathered in Aarhus to present their concrete proposals for business ideas that can change the world.
“We need to bring in young people. They play a central role in challenging the status quo and the strategies laid by today’s world leaders. And they have lots to offer - they are innovative and creative thinkers with new ideas to help solve problems. They don’t limit themselves - they think big and outside the box.  That is something we very much need,” said the Crown Princess.

And praised the Confederation of Danish Industry for inviting three young talents to present at this year’s summit at the Opera House.


We need to bring in young people. They play a central role in challenging the status quo and the strategies laid by today’s world leaders.
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PUBLISHED: 9/28/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 9/28/2017