Queen Mathilde of Belgium delivers opening address at Eurochild Conference 2016

Patron of Eurochild Conference 2016, Queen Mathilde also engaged in discussions with children and young people on the three themes - child poverty, children affected by migration and children in alternative care.

HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium with children and young people Copyright: Belgian Royal Palace/Twitter

In the prestigious Throne Room of the Palace of Academies, Patron of Eurochild Conference 2016, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium delivered the opening address with a clear commitment to investing in children's rights. 

"There can be no doubt that the best investment in the future is to take the best possible care of the next generation." 

As a special advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, HM Queen Mathilde committed to focusing her attention on poverty, health and education. 

"The global community has pledged to safeguard children’s rights in education, health, participation and protection. These rights entail moral and legal obligations. For instance, the right to education must be emphasized.  The importance of the provision of good schools and well-trained teachers is not to be underestimated."

After the address, HM Queen Mathilde also engaged in a deep discussion directly with children and young people on the three key target groups under focus - children in poverty; children affected by migration and children in alternative care.

The conference 'Children's Rights Matter' is co-hosted by Eurochild's Belgian members Kind en Gezin and ONE. The three day conference takes place from 5-7 July 2016.

 

 

  • Read the full speech of HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium here
  • See the photos from Day one on Flickr