Danske UNESCO-nationalkommission, Visits

Princess Marie attends UNESCO seminar as Patron

Today, Princess Marie attended a UNESCO seminar in Copenhagen as Patron of the Danish UNESCO Commission. She is patron since 2009.

 

The aim of the seminar was to identify focus areas for the Danish UNESCO work in the coming years. Michel Steen-Hansen , a member of the Commission, said on his blog that the question “What do we want to do with UNESCO in Denmark? ” is very important right now : “A rather central issue, because in Denmark it has been decided to spend considerably fewer funds than the rest of the Nordic countries working for cooperation between nations in education, science, culture, communication, and information.”

Stakeholders from science and education institutions, from the civil society, from relevant ministries, from local authorities and from the world heritage sites, Man and Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks spend the afternoon together to provide an input to and to discuss the direction of the Danish UNESCO.

The seminar was arranged by the Secretariat of the Danish UNESCO National Commission, which is based in the Danish Ministry of Education. The seminar took place in the newly erected building BLOX in Copenhagen. BLOX was inaugurated by Queen Margrethe a few weeks ago and Billed-Bladet reports Princess Marie was as impressed by the building as the Queen was during the inauguration.

Here is Princess Marie’s speech :

“Good day,

It is my pleasure today to be able to participate in the opening of this seminar for decision makers and professionals with active involvement in UNESCO’s work in Denmark.

What do we want with UNESCO’s work in Denmark? This is the heading for today’s program, and I look forward to hearing the good suggestions that will surely come during the day.

Four years ago, as a protector of the Danish UNESCO National Commission, I was involved in launching the now former Danish strategy for UNESCO’s work.

And a lot has happened since then. Both in our own work, but also in international cooperation within UNESCO’s areas – education, science, culture, and communication.

The UN’s World Sustainable Development Goal sets a new framework and direction for UNESCOs, and our all efforts for equal opportunities and greater justice for all, girls and women, as well as boys and men.

It is about quality education for all, about equality, about science for the common good, on cultural heritage and cultural diversity and on free media and freedom of expression, for a better future for all and for our common planet.

In Denmark, in recent years, we have seen a development in our commitment to UNESCO’s work. There is growing interest in UNESCO programs and academic networks from ministries, Danish municipalities, universities, schools and civil society.

I am thinking of on the growing number of Danish sites that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes both natural heritage such as Stevns Klint and the Wadden Sea and cultural heritage such as Christiansfeld and Parforce hunting in North Zealand.

But it also applies to Møn og Nyord in Vordingborg municipality, which was approved last year as the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Denmark.

And about exciting networks of cities such as Sønderborg, which are part of UNESCO’s global network of Learning Cities and Kolding, which has become the UNESCO Creative City.

For quite recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the launch of the beautiful and impressive Geokids project in Geopark Odsherred, Denmark’s first UNESCO Global Geopark.

In Geokids, all children in the municipality have had the opportunity to participate in creative teaching about nature and landscape, about local produce and cultural history. And all the students have made each mask, a total of about 3,500 masks that are set on rods in the landscape. Each mask is distinctive and different from the others, and together they make up an impressive common piece of art.

Princess Marie at Geopark Osherred

This is a great example of how to engage children and their families in a concrete and fun way in a project that deals with learning about nature and landscape and how we live and use nature so that it is also preserved for the future.

And this is a good example of how, through active UNESCO work, we can connect local action with global goals and challenges, and contribute to relevant follow-up to the UN’s world goals.

I hope that the seminar today will contribute to the development of precise efforts and strong partnerships, thereby strengthening UNESCO’s work in Denmark and Denmark’s efforts in UNESCO.

Thank you for your attention.”

For this event, Princess Marie wore the white Ganni dress she first wore in September 2016 during a visit to Naevsted.

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© Ganni

She also wore new navy Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps! It is her fourth pair of ‘Romy’, she also owns them in nude suede, black suede, and black glitter. She carried a matching bag, the ‘Selma’ by Michael Kors.

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© Jimmy Choo

 

 

 

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Kattegatcentret, Landsforeningen Autisme, Visits

Princess Marie visits Katrinebjergskole and attends Kattegatcentret’s 25th anniversary

Yesterday, Princess Marie attended two events for her patronages. She first visited Katrinebjergskole in Aarhus as Patron of the Danish National Association for Autism.

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© Landsforeningen Autisme

Princess Marie received a warm welcome from the children upon arrival!

Katrinebjergskole is a model school for the Danish NEST program. The NEST program is established in New York and is based on the idea that children are more alike than different. The NEST classes were established in 2016 and autistic students are in class with neurotypical students. (ie students who are not autistic).

Princess Marie had the opportunity to meet with some of the children and their teachers to learn more about their experience in NEST classes.

 

In the afternoon, Princess Marie was in Grenaa to attend the 25th-anniversary celebrations of Kattegatcentret, of which she is Patron since 2013.

Kattegatcentret is a sea center which opened in 1993 and it has over 250 different animal species. Its mission is to mediate knowledge about the sea to the general public, so more people are able to enjoy, understand and guard the seas.

More about the Kattegatcentret:

“The Kattegatcenter is a charitable fund and is run on a non-profit basis. In addition to the exhibition areas, the Kattegatcenter has an active schools service, which is used by over 12,000 pupils and students each year.

We work with public aquaria and zoos around the world via our memberships of DAZA (Danish Association of Zoos and Aquaria) and the world’s largest zoo and aquaria organization, EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria). These memberships are very important for our breeding programs and for exchanging animals.”

Princess Marie at the opportunity to visit the center and to meet with the children who were very eager to take part in all the activities set up by the center for its anniversary. She also took part in some of these activities, such as decorating cupcakes- she decorated hers with a starfish- and helping children making animals out of paper.

The aquarium’s logo is a shark and sharks is a huge part of the Kattegatcentret,  you can also have a dive in their Oceanarium and give the five shark species a high-five.

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© Kattegatcentret

For these two events, Princess Marie wore a new dress by Tara Jarmon. This dress has a clover print with puffy short sleeves and a keyhole neckline. She decided to bring some color to her outfit by wearing her orange/red Alexander McQueen jacket first worn in 2015 for an UNESCO meeting in Paris.

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She accessorized with her Jimmy Choo black suede ‘Romy’ pumps which she debuted last month and her Carlend Copenhagen clutch first worn last December.

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©Carlend Copenhagen

 

We’ll next see Princess Marie on May 15 when she’ll attend an UNESCO meeting in Copenhagen.

Visits

Princess Marie attends launch of Denmark’s largest children art project

Today, Princess Marie attended the launch of Denmark’s largest children art project in GeoPark Odsherred as Patron of the Danish UNESCO National Commission.

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Geokids is an art project and educational offer for school students in Odsherred which started in 2014. In connection with the project, the students have been introduced to Geopark Odsherred’s landscape and cultural history and they have learned about the landscape and dug for clay.

Photo by Claus Starup III
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Together with the artists Martin Nybo and Henrik Boe, the students have created masks of the clay from the park, all gathered for a joint work of art.Behind each mask is a QR code. When you scan the code, you can see a small movie with the child who made the mask.

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Martin Nybo found inspiration for the mask project partly on the Easter Island and partly from the Chinese Terracotta Army.  Prior to the actual sculpture project, all students have undergone a Geokids course where they are have been introduced to concepts such as ice age, work on nature, food, cultural history
and Odsherred painters.  By allowing students to make their masks, Geokids has contributed to identity creation through learning. Today, all Odsherred students are familiar with what the geopark is and how it works out.

During the visit, Princess Marie participated designed a mask herself with the help of Martin Nybo but it will not be included in the exhibition.

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© Claus Starup

After the official launch of the children’s project, Princess Marie participated in a walk on Højderygstien from Veddinge Bakker to Esterhøj in Høve with the oldest children. She was joined by GeoPark’s geologist Jacob Walloe Hansen told her about the landscape.

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© Visit Odsherred

Princess Marie opted for a casual outfit today. She wore the LK Bennett ‘Boston’ trench coat she debuted last month. She wore a black knit turtleneck and black jeans.

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She also wore her single Christine Hvelplund earrings with sunglasses first worn in 2015 at the Roskilde Festival.

We’ll next see Princess Marie on May 7 when she’ll visit classes for children with autism and she’ll celebrate Kattegatcentret’s 25th anniversary.

Visits

Princess Marie attends a concert at Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen

Yesterday, Princess Marie attended a spring concert hosted by the Barndrøm Association (Childhood Association)  at Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen.

The Barndrøm Association was founded in 2011, and works, among other things, to expand children’s and young people’s worldview and help them meet their potentials through art and culture.

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Princess Marie was joined by the French ambassador to Denmark, François Zimeray. He made a short speech before the concert began.

The performers were Philippe Benjamin Skow (violinist), Tanja Zapolski (pianist), Kirsten Olesen (actor), The Child and Youth Orchestra Zapolski Strygerne v / Alexandre Zapolski and Jens-Christian Wandt (opera singer). They performed works from Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Nielsen and Tchaikovsky and the guests also heard adventures from H.C Andersen. Princess Marie seemed to truly enjoy the show.

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The ticket revenue goes to the Barndrøm Association’s work on art and cultural activities for vulnerable children and young people.

After the concert, Princess Marie had the opportunity to greet the 50 children and young people who had taken part in the show.

For this concert, Princess Marie wore the Hugo Boss ‘ Kasima’ dress she first wore in April 2017 when she received the Légion d’Honneur. She has worn it several times since.

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She carried an old UFO clutch, first worn at the Opening of Parliament in 2013, and she wore new Zara pumps ( found by Cecile!). The burgundy pumps are made of satin and they have a contrasting red heel. They are still available at €39.95 here.

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Marie chose to wear one of her favorite brooches, I believe it belongs to the family vault. She also wore her Christine Hvelplund bracelet.

© Christine Hvelplund

We’ll next see Princess Marie on April 30, when she’ll visit the GeoPark Children’s Art Project.

Landsforeningen Autisme, Visits

Princess Marie attends SIKON Conference as Patron of the Danish Association for Autism

Today, Princess Marie was in Odense to attend the SIKON Conference hosted by the Danish Association for Autism.

The SIKON Conference is held over two days and celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Princess Marie is Patron of the Danish Association for Autism since November 2011 and she attended the SIKON Conference in April 2015.

Those who take part in the SIKON Conference can attend presentations, participate in courses and share their knowledge about autism.

During today’s event, Princess Marie was on hands to give the Autism Prize before meeting with lecturers and participants and learning about the different stands. The Autism Prize 2018 went to Felix Munch and Ellen Vallentin for their important work on research into parents with autism.

She also had the opportunity to test a new rocking chair that is used to soothe autistic children as part of a new therapy.

Here is Princess Marie’s speech:

Congratulations on the anniversary!

The SIKON conference has been held 30 times. The first time was in Copenhagen in 1988. It was then when autism was a rare diagnosis and therefore the conference was also quite small, only approx. 5% of the participants present today. 

At that time, only a small group of parents and professionals had seen autism. Today we are many, more than 800 people.

Because we’ve gotten better to spot things that are hard to see!

An anniversary is always a good opportunity to correct the eyes of the years gone by. 
You can ask yourself some questions about,

  • Why you took the choices you took in your life, and you can reflect on whether you actually achieved what you had set for. 

Or if everything went according to plan, whether it was attained its goals or whether it was more coincidental. And what had you really done if you had chosen to do something completely different from what you did … would you have been somewhere else right now?

You can also choose to look at everything from above, looking at something other than yourself. Look at the community around, the life you live, and dive into some social issues and ask for example:

  • How was the quality of life for people with autism 30 years ago?
  • What was their biggest challenge then?
  • What have we been doing in the 30 years and how do they have it today?

One can look at their opportunities to develop their identity and ask:

  • Are autistic children part of our kindergartens and schools today?
  • Will autistic young people get in education and do they get work in our businesses? 
  • Do they earn money, and do they gain independence from others, or should we always care for them – and how do we do it in the best possible way?
  • Will they meet with the acceptance and recognition of other people in our society or are we trying to “file them a bit” so they are easier to fit?

Some time ago, I met Lasse at Novo Nordisk where he is employed by Project Opportunity. Lasse was employed as an operator in the production department, he did the job perfectly. It was quite accidentally discovered that Lasse had “hidden talents”, he could find visual errors in language patterns – Lasse suddenly became invaluable because he was ” seen “.

Because we see autism now. We recognize the behavior that characterizes autism, so the question must be whether we also see the talents of autistic people. Have we been better at finding their skills? 
Have we changed our attitudes and our view of diversity, we have become more open to diversity, and more tolerant?

We are, maybe …

But now we are going to look forward and SIKON has again, this year, gathered some highly skilled researchers, professors and speakers who will inform us and make us even more aware of our topic Autism!

I wish you a very good conference!

You can see a small part of her speech here and a short video of Marie handing the Autism Prize here.

Princess Marie wore a recycled outfit today! She chose to wear her Hugo Boss white printed dress. She first wore it while visiting the HC Andersen Children Hospital in 2017.

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She also carried her old Yves Saint Laurent black tote bag and she wore black pumps. I believe they are the Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ suede pumps she debuted earlier this month.

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©Jimmy Choo

We’ll see Princess Marie tomorrow again when she’ll attend the spring concert of the Children Association.