On Wednesday 24 October, The Crown Princess Couple took part in the Pep Forum at Karolinska Institutet in Solna. The seminar and workshop were arranged by Generation Pep with the aim of creating dialogue, commitment and change for the health of children and young people.
Around 800 participants – including representatives from politics, industry, organisations, research and professional practice – attended the Pep Forum.
During the day, a workshop and a seminar were held with Carolina Klüft and David Helenius acting as moderators. The Crown Princess opened the seminar with a speech.
"The whole point of the UN's global sustainable development goals is that they are global, that they involve all of us. And in order to reach these goals by 2030, and to achieve sustainable development, we must all contribute. On a big scale and on a small scale.
"And this brings me back to the Swedish school playground: It could be empty, because the children are all indoors watching amusing videos. Or it could be full of children in motion because the school organises fun break activities.
"The choice, and the responsibility, is not the children's. It is ours."
Prince Daniel brought the day to a conclusion by summing up the forum and emphasising the importance of commitment from all sections of society.
Prince Daniel launched Generation Pep (GEN-PEP) in July 2016 in Visby, together with Swedish businesses, foundations and voluntary organisations. Generation Pep's vision is that all children and young people in Sweden should have the opportunity and the desire to live an active and healthy life. Generation Pep works to provide knowledge, inspiration and support for children and young people, as well as parents and other adults in their lives.
The Crown Princess Couple initiated Generation Pep.