This week, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden paid a visit to New York City for the 2011 New York Green Summit hosted by the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce. Since declaring in 2008 their decision to “go green,” the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce has held an annual summit addressing the issues necessary to promote environmental and sustainability issues.
This year’s focus was sustainability in the food chain and appropriately named “From Farm to Fork.” The Prince’s visit began a day prior to the Conference which was held yesterday, November 3rd, with a tour of Harlem. On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of joining Prince Daniel for a tour of the Harlem Children’s Zone, followed by a special lunch held at Red Rooster Harlem.Â
During our tour of the Promise Academy for the Harlem Children’s Zone, President and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Geoffrey Canada, spoke to us about the mission of the Zone to end generational poverty in Harlem. Keeping in tune with the theme of the NY Green Summit, we also discussed health and food issues among children in Harlem, like diabetes, obesity, andÂ asthma;Â and what the HCZ and other community leaders are doing to address these issues. After an informative meeting and tour of their garden, the Prince and the Swedish-American Chamber visited Red Rooster for a special lunch.
It was truly an honor for me and our staff at Red Rooster to host Prince Daniel and the entire Chamber for this momentous occasion. I can only hope to continue to make my home country of Sweden proud with the work that I’m doing here in Harlem, as well.
Check out our photos below from the event and stay tuned for our coverage tomorrow of the From Farm to Fork Conference. For more of my photos, follow me on Twitter (@MarcusCooks).
Photos: Cyndi Amaya