Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér has said that I am proud and pleased that Sweden is the first country to host this extremely important conference. At present human rights are being questioned in many places around the world, and by hosting this summit we want to stress that it is possible to make progress in assuring the right of children to grow up free from violence. Governments, the UN and the EU have a responsibility for achieving this, as do civil society and the private sector . I hope that the meeting can result in concrete examples of solutions, legislation, collaboration and action that lead to a reduction in violence against girls and boys.
At least 1 of every 2 of the world’s children have experienced violence and 18 million girls aged between 15 and 19 have experienced sexual abuse. As part of Agenda 2030 world leaders have pledged to attain 17 global goals, one aim being to realise human rights for all. Target 16.2 is about preventing and ending violence against and exploitation of girls and boys.
As part of action to attain this target an international high-level conference – Agenda 2030 for Children, End Violence Solutions Summit – is being held in Stockholm on 14–15 February 2018.
The purpose of the conference is to share good experience and new solutions in work to end violence against children. Government ministers from 75 countries, youth delegates and high-level representatives of UN bodies, civil society, the academic world and the private sector have been invited to attend the meeting.
The list of participants includes Prime Minister Stefan Löfven; Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér; HM Queen Silvia; Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Henrietta H Fore; UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed; the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov; and, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais.
During the conference several workshops will be held at which participants will be able to discuss and exchange knowledge and expertise on various themes concerning violence against children.
Sweden is a pathfinding country
Sweden was the first country to join the Global Partnership as a “pathfinding country”. These countries identify successful solutions to eliminate violence against children in various settings, from the family to the community as a whole.
– Sweden aims to be the best country in the world for a child to grow up in. As part of this, all children must be safe from violence, abuse and violations. This also means that children must themselves be aware of their rights. Then we will see more children daring to speak out, and to tell adults close to them when and if they are victims of offences. One important step in achieving this is to make the Convention on the Rights of the Child law in Sweden, says Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér.
About the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children
The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children was launched in July 2016 and is a joint initiative by a number of governments, Unicef, the WHO and others for international collaboration between governments, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to bring about change. The initiative is linked to the global goals in Agenda 2030, especially target 16.2 about preventing and ending violence against and exploitation of children.