The Queen and Princess Sofia attend the Global Child Forum Action Lab

The Queen took part in the fourth and final digital meeting with the Global Child Forum, as part of the Digital Action Labs series.

The Queen took part in the fourth and final digital meeting with the Global Child Forum, as part of the Digital Action Labs series. Photo: Victor Ericsson/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Wednesday 18 November, The Queen and Princess Sofia attended a digital meeting with the Global Child Forum.

The meeting was the fourth and final Action Lab arranged by the Global Child Forum during the autumn.

The theme for the day's discussions was how children's rights can be protected when children are online, and how innovative new digital services can emerge.

Princess Sofia gave the opening address at the digital meeting.

Princess Sofia gave the opening address at the digital meeting. Photo: Victor Ericsson/The Royal Court of Sweden

Princess Sofia declared the forum open, saying:

"Each year, more than 1.7 million children under the age of five die as a result of avoidable environmental degradation. 1.7 million – that is three children every minute, whose lives could have been saved.

"And millions more suffer consequences of climate change such as disease, disability, and other forms of harm."

Read The Princess's speech in full here.

The Queen concluded the meeting by summarising the autumn's four Action Labs, saying:

"Throughout the series we have heard diverse voices – from Dr David Boyd, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, to 16-year-old Lauren Wright, a climate activist from Canada. We have also had the pleasure of hearing from academics, researchers, legal experts and, of course, the business sector.

"What this diverse showcase of speakers illustrates is that it takes all parts of society to respect and support children's rights."

Read The Queen's speech in full here.

The Global Child Forum

The Global Child Forumexternal link, opens in new window was initiated by the Royal Family in 2009, and is an independent platform that brings together world-leading players for in-depth dialogue and to raise awareness of children's rights. The aim is to identify solutions to the most pressing issues when it comes to businesses' opportunities to influence children's rights.