"We shall begin with the children"

New York: 2. Oktober 2017. Hier geht es zur Rede Ihrer Majestät Königin Silvia von Schweden anlässlich einer Konferenz der Vereinten Nationen: ” Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for Children: Collective Actions and Innovative Solutions”.

”Good morning excellences
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen.

[...] Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great pleasure to be here today at the United Nations to see what progress has been made in supporting the world’s children since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) on September 25th, 2015. I am also grateful and proud to be joined today by my supporter and partner in the fight against child sexual abuse and exploitation, my daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine.

In 2015, I spoke at the United Nations on the eve of the adoption of the new global goals. I was hopeful that the 2030 agenda would help us give every child a chance to reach their full potential. Two years later, I am very excited to be back at the UN to learn how this important development agenda is being transformed into practice, and how collective actions and innovative solutions are helping is reach the Sustainable Development Goals for children.

The Convention of the Rights of the Child remains the most widely ratified of all UN conventions. Now that this convention has been complemented by Sustainable Development Goal 16.2 – which calls for ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture of children by 2030 – we have an unprecedented opportunity to intensify our collective efforts. An opportunity that we cannot afford to waste!

Globally, hundreds of millions of children in the world are malnourished and lack access to education and health care. Children constitute almost half of all refugees and forced migrants. Many of them are unaccompanied and run the risk of being exposed to violence and exploitation. Where extremist movements and criminal cartels are thriving, children become targets and, incredibly, even weapons used by these criminals and terrorists.

[...] Therefore, in 1999, I established the World Childhood Foundation. Today, with offices in Sweden, Brazil, the USA and Germany, the World Childhood Foundation is a recognized partner to hundreds of projects in more than 20 countries, and explores how innovation can help prevent and address these evil crimes.

 [...] I am proud to say that Childhood has been at the forefront of public-private partnerships, working against online child abuse since 2006 by investing in a project called NetClean - one of the most powerful and widely used tools to detect child sexual pictures on line. Today, our partners include also Telia, Ericsson, Zain and other telecom giants.

In the travel and tourism sector, Childhood benefits from a close partnership with and support of the Carlson Companies.

I am proud of the achievements of World Childhood Foundation. But great challenges remain. Sexual abuse of children is deeply associated with stigma. Despite the truly great work of Childhood, Ecpat, ICMEC, the Freedom Fund and many other great organizations, the UN agencies and some governments, sexual abuse of children remains an unaddressed, hidden public health epidemic. An epidemic leading to dire consequences including mental health problems, learning disabilities, increased risk of substance abuse and the perpetuation of violence.

The only way to stop violence, abuse and exploitation of children is to break the silence and to work together across sectors, engaging the health and education sectors, governments, civil society and the private sector. Each one of us can and should be part of solution.

Children are not only beneficiaries of the Sustainable Development Goals ; no, they are indeed the very foundation of sustainable development. And this is why, in order to build a sustainable and peaceful world, as Gandhi said: we shall have to begin with the children.

So, ladies and gentlemen: let us begin.

Thank you.”

Die Rede in Gesamtlänge: http://bit.ly/2z4sX4G

Mehr zur Konferenz in New York: http://bit.ly/2z3SWfS

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