On Friday 16 December, The Crown Princess Couple and Minister Anna Ekström continued their visit to Italy. The day began in Rome and concluded in Milan.
The second day in Rome began at the Swedish Institute in Rome, where The Crown Princess Couple and Minister Ekström learnt about current research and were given a tour of the institute.
The Swedish Institute in Rome is a base for Swedish archaeological excavations and scientific activities in Italy. The institute has a research library containing almost 60,000 volumes.
The institute was founded in 1926, with the backing of Crown Prince Gustav (VI) Adolf. The Prince was the institute's first Chairman of the Board. Its main aim was to promote knowledge of antiquity, but the institute was also intended to "serve the interests of classical research and art".
The morning continued at the head office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Crown Princess Couple and Anna Ekström met FAO's Director-General José Graziano da Silva for a bilateral meeting.
FAO is the oldest of the UN's specialist agencies, and has 194 member nations. FAO leads the international work involved in fighting poverty and famine, with the aim of achieving a world without hunger.
After the meeting, The Crown Princess took part in the seminar "Step it up together with rural women to end hunger and poverty". The seminar was arranged to highlight the essential role of women in the work to achieve the UN's global development goals, with a particular focus on eradicating hunger and alleviating poverty in the world. According to FAO estimates, the number of hungry people in the world could be reduced by between 100 and 150 million if women had the same conditions as men.
During the seminar, The Crown Princess gave a speech in which she said:
"I am honoured to have been appointed by the United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as an Advocate to promote the global sustainable development goals. I am grateful for the opportunity to deepen my engagement in the challenges we face – like poverty, inequality and climate change. One key insight is that the seventeen global goals are not a list of targets, but rather a network or a system. The only way to achieve one goal is by working on the others as well. This high level meeting is an excellent example of that. To end hunger and poverty, we also need to work toward gender equality. […]
"If female farmers were given access to the same resources as their male counterparts, food production could be increased by 20 to 30 percent. This would mean saving about 100 to 150 million people from living in hunger! In building a sustainable future, rural women represent a resource that we simply cannot afford to overlook. To conclude: We need to make the right decisions – and we need to make them now!"
Read The Crown Princess' speech here.
During the seminar. FAO's Director-General José Graziano da Silva, The Crown Princess and Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni journalist and recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Photo: FAO
The moderator was FAO's Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo.
In the afternoon, The Crown Princess Couple and Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training Anna Ekström travelled to Milan.
The first item on the agenda in Milan was a visit to the concept store Frip, where owner Anna explained about selling Swedish fashion in Italy.
The day concluded with a reception at the Swedish-Italian chamber of commerce, Assosvezia.