In January 2005 Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Malawi to observe the impact of HIV/AIDS on Sub-Saharan Africa and the efforts made by the Malawian government to fight the epidemic in cooperation with Norway and international organizations.
Combined with studies at the London-based School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an internship at the Norwegian Agency for Development Aid (Norad) in 2003, the Crown Princess has shown a strong commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS over an extended period. As a special representative for UNAIDS, the Crown Princess wishes to support the response to tackle the epidemic and give people who are HIV positive a better quality of life.
UNAIDS is the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. One of its goals is constituted in the UN Millennium Development Goals, aiming to halt and begin reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS by the year 2015. The Crown Princess will visit Geneva 25-26 April to become more familiar with the UN agency's work.