On Thursday 28 January, The Crown Princess sent a digital greeting to a seminar on communicating the right to roam.
The seminar was aimed at Sweden's nature guides, educators, nature tourism guides and others who convey knowledge about the right to roam, and was arranged by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences' Centre for Nature Interpretation.
2021 has been named the Year of Outdoor Life, and the background to the seminar was current rapid developments in relation to Swedish outdoor life. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our habits and our travel patterns. More people want to explore nature, and there is growing interest in outdoor life, nature and health.
In her greeting, The Crown Princess said:
"Thanks to you, more people have the opportunity to discover our unique, varied nature.
"More people are discovering the fragile interactions of nature. And more people want to join the community of outdoor life.
"Yes, our Swedish nature is a real treasure. And what makes it particularly special is that it is available to everyone, thanks to our unique right to roam.
"This is something that Sweden can be extremely proud of.
"However, just like nature itself, the right to roam is something we need to safeguard by spreading knowledge and understanding. For we take greater care of the things we understand."
In January 2016, the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the Crown Princess as one of 17 advocates for the work involved with the UN's sustainable development goals. The advocates' task is to promote the UN's sustainable development goals – Agenda 2030 – in various ways. Since 2019, The Crown Princess has been part of the alumni group.
As an alumnus, The Crown Princess will continue to focus in particular on work relating to the sea and fishing.
Find out more about the global goals and Agenda 2030 at the UN's website.
In September 2017, The Crown Princess began a series of walks through the provinces of Sweden. Her walks through the country's 25 provinces ended in June 2019.
The Crown Princess aimed to discover new parts of Sweden during different seasons, and to showcase the wonders of Swedish nature for all those who live and work here.
The Crown Princess's province walks