On Sunday 20 and Monday 21 November, The Queen visited Abu Dhabi to take part in the Fatima bint Mubarak Motherhood and Childhood Forum.
The conference addressed how children's creativity and their ability to innovate can be encouraged and strengthened, including by parents and schools.
Around 200 national and international researchers, experts and representatives from organisations such as the UN took part in the conference.
The Queen gave an opening speech, in which she described education as a core theme of the conference, and as a hopeful, powerful vehicle for positive change that can contribute towards vicious circles of poverty and discrimination being broken.
The Queen also spoke about the World Childhood Foundation's vision that every child should have a safe and happy childhood. She said that the child's immediate surroundings – the family, the community, and society at large – need to be integral parts of any sustainable solution, but that parenting is key. She spoke about projects around the world that are supported by the World Childhood Foundation, with the aim of strengthening mothers, fathers or other primary caregivers.
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The forum was arranged by the UAE's Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood. The council's patron is Fatima bint Mubarak, who has worked for many years to improve conditions for women, children and families, including in terms of maternity care, education and literacy.
During her visit to the UAE, The Queen also took part in meetings and attended a dinner with the Global Child Forum.