Celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Queen pictured with Queen Beatrix, Queen Sofia, The Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Princess Mary at Barncentrum. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix
The Queen visited Barncentrum in Stockholm with her Royal guests on the afternoon of 19 November, in order to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Barncentrum coordinates the work of various authorities to help children up to the age of 18, who have been subjected to physical or sexual abuse by someone close to them. The idea is for the process of investigating and intervening in the child's situation to be as coherent, effective, secure and painless for the child as possible.
The King and Queen with the Royal guests and Minister for Social Affairs Göran Hägglund at the anniversary concert at Berwaldhallen Concert Hall. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix
On the evening of 19 November, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs organised a concert together with SR/Berwaldhallen, which was attended by The King and Queen, The Crown Princess and Mr Daniel Westling, Princess Madeleine with Jonas Bergström LL.M., Princess Christina Mrs Magnusson with Consul General Tord Magnusson, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Sofia of Spain, Queen Paola of Belgium, The Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia and Mrs Margarida Barroso.
The Queen with her Royal guests and Minister for Social Affairs Göran Hägglund at the high-level conference at Frösundavik in Stockholm. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix
On Friday 20 November, the government organised a high-level conference on the rights of the child at Frösundavik in Stockholm, within the framework of the Swedish EU Presidency.
The conference had three overall themes; the member states' application of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and future challenges, opportunities and risks in relation to children and young people's use of new media, and opportunities for parents to combine work and family life from a children's rights perspective.
The Queen made the opening speech at the conference. Other speakers included Minister for Social Affairs Göran Hägglund, Commissioner Jacques Barrot, Commissioner Margot Wallström, UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children Marta Santos Pais, and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio.