H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf at Global Child Forum 2018

H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf at Global Child Forum 2018


Your Majesty, your Royal Highnesses, excellencies ladies and gentlemen Welcome Welcome to the Royal Palace and the Hall of State This is the 10th Global Child Forum, which has taken place every year in different places in the world Not only here in Stockholm, but also in Kuala Lumpur, Pretoria, Dubai and in São Paolo Her Majesty and myself have had the privilege of attending most of these meetings Over the past nine years, one thing has become increasingly clear to me Business impact children and therefore we must let children impact business Leaders of the corporate and finance sectors are in a unique position to protect and advance children’s rights And indeed much is being done Across the globe, many companies are making a positive difference for children Still, this is not good enough The work for children’s rights is not keeping pace with the scale of challenges faced by children and young people of today Business hold great power But they do not operate in a vacuum Whether large or small, they are part of a greater community For children’s rights to be truly realized, collaboration is necessary Companies, governments and civil society must work together, side by side And that is why Her Majesty and I founded Global Child Forum and why we have invited you here today I hope this Forum will be an opportunity for actors in and around the business sector to form new alliances And, most importantly an opportunity to take action Speakers, experts, delegates, supporters and friends who have joined us from all parts of the world: Thank you for being here, for sharing your knowledge and your ideas And a special thank you to our partners and collaborators whose cooperation and friendship have made this Forum possible So once again: a warm welcome Now, I am looking forward to a productive and rewarding day together Thank you and good luck

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