The Crown Princess speaks at a UN meeting on water and disasters

The Crown Princess gave her speech from Haga Palace.

The Crown Princess gave her speech from Haga Palace. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Friday 25 June, The Crown Princess spoke during the opening ceremony of the United Nations' fifth Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters.

The UN's Special Thematic Sessions on Water and Disasters (STSWDs) have been held every other year since 2013. This year's meeting was in digital form, and The Crown Princess was one of the invited keynote speakers.

In her address, The Crown Princess said:

"Almost three out of four natural disasters are water-related, like floods and drought. So the topic to be discussed today is, literally, a matter of life and death.

"Disaster risk must not only be reduced; in order to cope with the growing number of climate-related disasters, we need to improve our ability to anticipate risk and take anticipatory action."

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Other speakers included His Majesty the Emperor of Japan and the presidents of Hungary and Tajikistan.