The Queen attends a UN conference about online child safety

The Queen at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Queen at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo: The World Childhood Foundation USA

On Tuesday 1 October, The Queen took part in a high-level meeting at the UN in New York on online child safety.

The World Childhood Foundation USA and the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN hosted the conference 'Children & the Digital World: Threats and Opportunities'. During the day a new online child safety report was launched, which had been produced by the International Telecommunication Union and UNESCO's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

The report summarises available materials about risks to children on the internet, and submits proposals for how their online safety can be promoted.

The Queen was one of three keynote speakers at the conference. In her speech, The Queen said:

"Twenty years ago, Childhood was founded. My hope then was that I could close the foundation after a few years. However, the sexual abuse and exploitation of children remains a major universal problem and Childhood continues to pioneer solutions addressing it."

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The Queen speaks at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Queen speaks at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo: The World Childhood Foundation USA

A charity gala was held in the evening to mark the World Childhood Foundation's 20th anniversary, and was attended by The Queen and Princess Madeleine.

The World Childhood Foundation

Childhood was founded by The Queen in 1999. The organisation works to prevent violence and sexual assaults against children, and its work is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The foundation has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the USA, and supports around 100 projects around the world.

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