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Princess Mary of Denmark, from sneakers to heels, highlights of a short Moroccan visit

Written by Amal Asebriy

Crown Princess Mary Donaldson of Denmark paid a short visit to Morocco on October 3-4 to take part in the last day of the Youth Innovation Summit held in Rabat from September 30th to October 4th, 2019. Details.

Organized by the Danish-Arab Partnership Program (DAPP) of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Moroccan Government, the Youth Innovation Summit brought together more than 100 young talents, selected to  “co-create ideas and develop solutions for key development challenges in Morocco” as described on the summit’s website. The spotlight was shed on three major themes: climate change and renewable energies; urban sustainability; agribusiness and food production.

Spread over an evening and a morning, this short Moroccan stay of Queen Margrethe II’s daughter-in-law began this Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 pm with a meeting with young talents and a visit to the innovation laboratory where they cooperated, followed by a dinner.

In the early morning of Friday, October 4, HRH Princess Mary started the day in an “active manner”, as she described, with a run alongside 2,500 young people from Moroccan schools and universities. Taking place in the Hassan II Park, as a prelude to the festival, this race was orchestrated by Cross Culture (CCPA). Based in Denmark, this NGO’s mission is “to bring together people living in communities affected by conflict and social divisions through sport”.

A few moments later, Princess Mary delivered a speech to open the Youth Dialogue Festival, which closed the summit, and went on to hand over the Award of Excellence for Gender Equality to the project that won her favor: “FeddantiTech”. The later is a smart agriculture service that caters to rural women farmers in search of administrative, technical ad financial support.

During this last day, the young Moroccan talents presented their innovative projects to the public. Offering various workshops and activities, this festival, which could host more than 2,500 guests, was also intended to “spark dialogue between young people and social actors, inspire visitors and participants, and present opportunities for participation, entrepreneurship, commitment and employment for young people, “said the Princess in her speech (below).