On October 2nd, 2017, World Childhood Foundation USA and the Swedish Mission to the United Nations, in partnership with Know Violence in Childhood, hosted a high-level meeting at UN Headquarters with world leaders to discuss strategies to end violence against children by 2030. The meeting was moderated by CNN International news anchor Amara Walker.
The objectives of the "Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for Children: Collective Actions and Innovative Solutions" meeting were to highlight the challenges facing children today and the solutions to address them, and to spur governments, academia, civil society and the private sector to join forces and scale up investments in programs that target the well-being of children. The keynote address was delivered by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.
The meeting gathered key leaders from the UN system, global initiatives like the Partnership to End Violence Against Children, practitioners from Pretoria and New York, and private sector leaders. Among the notable participants were the heads of the UN agencies; Anthony Lake of UNICEF, and Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of The International Telecommunication Union; the First Lady of Malaysia; governments of Thailand; Hugh Evans, Founder & CEO of Global Citizen; and CEOs from the private sector in the IT and telecom, travel, retail and construction industries, from the US, Sweden and Brazil. Kurt Ekert, the CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel and a new member on the Board of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, spoke on the role of the travel industry in child protection.
During the meeting, Know Violence in Childhood, an independent global learning initiative, presented key findings from its Global Report, which maps the scale of the problem and evidence-based solutions.
Today, the majority of the world's two billion children are exposed to violence. And of these children, more than 200 million are victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, which remains a hidden public health epidemic, and is one of the root causes of mental health and substance abuse problems later in life. The meeting at the UN demonstrated that all the sectors of our society must be involved, and only through collective action can the ambitious goal of ending violence against children by 2030 become a reality.
Click here to see a webcast of the meeting.
Click here to see the program and the speakers.
Click here to read HM Queen Silvia's Keynote Address.
Click here to read the UNODC coverage of the meeting.
Click here to watch Know Violence's video on their report and the findings that were discussed during the meeting.