The Crown Prince Haakon of Norway graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen in 1995. In autumn of 1996 he moved to the United States to study at the University of California at Berkeley, and received his BA in Political Science in spring of 1999. The Crown Prince was a member of Norway’s third delegation to the UN General Assembly. In 2001 he followed the Foreign Ministry’s trainee programme for diplomats, and completed his education in 2003 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he earned his MA in developmental studies, specializing in International trade and Africa.
The Crown Prince undertakes a wide range of official engagements. Each year the Crown Prince and Crown Princess pay a visit to the Norwegian county and travel abroad representing Norway in their official capacity. He is the leader in a number of organisations, including the Norwegian International Film Festival, the Norwegian Association against Substance Abuse and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
In 2003, Crown Prince Haakon was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a particular focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals and the effort to cut global poverty in half by 2015. In this role he has travelled to Haiti, Nepal, Tanzania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Burundi, Mongolia, and Botswana.
The Crown Prince was an active member of Young Global Leaders (YGL) from 2005 until 2010, a forum under the auspices of the World Economic Forum. He chaired the YGL work group for the Global Redesign Initiative since 2009. Since his term ended in 2010, he has now become a new member of The Foundation Board of the YGL Community. In 2006, The Crown Prince founded the Global Dignity initiative with two other YGL members.
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was a counsellor at One Young World in 2011 Zurich and 2010 London.