On Tuesday 15 December, The Queen attended the launch of Together to #ENDviolence as part of the Solutions Summit Series, arranged by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
Speakers during the digital launch included Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed, Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister Åsa Lindhagen and EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson.
In her speech, The Queen said:
“Ladies and gentlemen: ending violence against children is not just a good cause. It is a promise, one that we have made to our children and ourselves.
"In 2015, all UN member states committed to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against children – by 2030.
"So, with only ten years to go until deadline: Let us keep our promise. Let us make this a decade of action. Let us step up our commitments and our investments. So that every child can have a childhood free from violence, and that no child is left behind.”
Read The Queen's speech here.
At least three quarters of the world's children have experienced some form of violence. The world's leaders have committed to working within the framework of Agenda 2030 to achieve 17 global goals, which include ensuring human rights for all. Goal 16.2 involves preventing and stopping violence and the exploitation of girls and boys.
In February 2018, The Queen and The Crown Princess attended the Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit. The summit – the first of its kind – aimed to share valuable experience and new solutions in the work to prevent violence against children, and was arranged by the Swedish Government.
Find out more about the first Solutions Summit here.
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children was launched in July 2016, and is a joint initiative from a number of governments, UNICEF, WHO and other organisations. It works to achieve international cooperation between governments, civil society, the private sector and other players in order to bring about change. The initiative is linked to the global goals of Agenda 2030, particularly goal 16.2 to prevent and stop violence against and exploitation of children.