H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria at Global Child Forum 2018

H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria at Global Child Forum 2018

Your Majesties, your Royal Highnesses, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen “I want to be a teacher” “I want to be a doctor” “I want to make my family proud”
“I want to see my family again” An autumn day in 2015 Prince Daniel and I visited a center for unaccompanied migrant children just outside Stockholm, in Nacka They were teenagers who had fled war and conflict in their own countries to seek refuge in Sweden Their futures were uncertain, but their dreams – they were crystal clear Meeting these young people and so many others in similar situations hearing them speak about their hopes for the future It made a deep impression Because what is the purpose of children’s rights, if not this? A child being able to dream and to pursue that dream A child daring to hope for a better future Dreams may not be tangible They cannot be measured or accounted for But the things that make dreams possible most certainly are: The right to an education The right to grow up in a healthy environment The right for girls and boys to be treated equally A little more than two years ago the United Nations’ then Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, appointed me as an advocate to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals These 17 goals, often referred to as the global goals, aim to end poverty to fight inequality and to stop climate change. I was honored to accept this important role and I am grateful for the opportunities it has given me to deepen my engagement in the challenges that we all face During these two years, one thing has become increasingly clear to me Children’s rights are not just part of the global goals No Children’s rights are what the global goals are all about Goal number 1: No poverty It is for the child who is married off because her parents can’t say no Global goal number 6: clean water and sanitation is for the child who doesn’t get to go to school because she spends the whole day fetching water for her family Goal number 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, is for the children whose childhoods are taken away from them by violence and persecution I could go on, but I think you see my point: that all global goals are, in fact children’s rights goals The only way to successfully achieve one goal is by working on all of them together, because they are all connected Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank you all for being here today and for taking an active part in today’s Forum The positive examples highlighted here today are important inspirations for the work that lies ahead I am especially glad that this Forum has chosen to bring children into the conversation. After all, it is their future that we are here to change, but not just their future it is actually their lives here and now A special thank you to Fauza and Kesia for coming all the way to Stockholm to remind us what we are actually working for: A world where children’s rights are respected protected and fulfilled A world where every child dares to dream Thank you

Danny Hutson

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