On Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October, The Queen and Princess Madeleine visited New York to take part in meetings arranged by the World Childhood Foundation. The two days began with a high-level meeting at the UN on the global development goals and children's rights.
Monday 2 October
The Queen and Princess Madeleine took part in the high-level meeting Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for Children: Collective Actions and Innovative Solutions, which was held at the UN Headquarters in Manhattan.
The UN's development goals were adopted in 2015, and are the most important commitment to the world's children since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The aims of the high level meeting were: to highlight good examples of governments, academia, civil society and the private sector putting children first and investing in solutions, discussing how to achieve the goals by 2030 through innovation and joint action, and demonstrating that every one of us has an important role to play in this process.
The Queen spoke during the meeting, and reminded the attendees that 2 October was the International Day of Non-Violence and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Gandhi often spoke about children, and recognised the importance of protecting and investing in children for sustainable peace.
The Queen spoke about the significant advances that have been made in the work for children's rights, but also mentioned the major challenges that remain. She also said that the only way to stop violence, abuse and the exploitation of children is to break the silence and to work together.
Read The Queen's speech here.
The seminar included presentations of projects supported by Childhood:
The Seven Passes Initiative was founded in 2008 in Touwsranten, a small town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The organisation emerged as a result of worries about an increase in aggressive behaviour among young people in society, high levels of truancy and leaving school early. The initiative aims to fight poverty in the long term by improving the level of education in society.
According to the Swedish Police, 15,000 people in Sweden alone downloaded online images of child abuse in 2016. Childhood's partner Safer Society is producing software that can help the police to identify vulnerable children and suspected perpetrators at an early stage. The aim is that this should become a tool for police forces globally.
Through the On the Right Track programme, Childhood Brazil trains lorry drivers on issues relating to sexual exploitation with the aim that they should be able to protect children instead of presenting a danger.
A charity gala was arranged by the World Childhood Foundation USA during the evening.
Wednesday 3 October
On the Wednesday, The Queen and Princess Madeleine took part in a meeting with the World Childhood Foundation's International Council. During the meeting, representatives from Childhood's four foundations in Sweden, Brazil, the USA and Germany came together to share their experiences and discuss joint issues.
Idag deltar Drottningen och Prinsessan Madeleine vid ett möte med World Childhood Foundation International Council i New York. Under mötet träffas representanter från Childhoods fyra stiftelser i Sverige, Brasilien, USA och Tyskland för att utbyta erfarenheter och diskutera gemensamma frågor. 📸: kungahuset.se #childhood #drottningen #prinsessanmadeleine
The Queen is the founder and Honorary Chair of the World Childhood Foundation. The work of the World Childhood Foundation is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is religiously and politically independent. Childhood has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the USA.
Find out more about the work of the World Childhood Foundation here.