Global Child Forum on South America set to prompt action on “investing in every child”

STOCKHOLM 21 March  2017:  On 4 April 2017, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will inaugurate the Global Child Forum on South America in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Global Child Forum on South America will bring together over 350 leaders and influencers from business, government, civil society and academia to connect, collaborate and share best practices around some of the most pressing challenges facing children in the region.

Organized in collaboration with UNICEF and Childhood Brasil, the one-day event, under the theme “Investing in Every Child”, encourages business leadership to respect and support children’s rights and highlights the important link with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in promoting social and economic advancement within the region.

Among the speakers taking to the stage are Dr Luis Alberto Moreno, President of Inter-American Development Bank;  Ms Clara López Obregón, Minister of Labour of Colombia; Ms Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children; Ms María Cristina Perceval, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Paul J. Sistare, Founder and Chairman of Atlantica Hotels International and Mr Mike A. Parra Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express Americas.

“Business has an enormous opportunity to invest in children’s wellbeing, health and safety as part of their efforts to achieve the SDGs,” says Åse Bäckström, Managing Director of Global Child Forum. “The Forum will highlight these opportunities and encourage business to consider children’s rights as an essential investment in a sustainable future.”

“In line with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, The Global Child Forum is a great opportunity to join efforts in support of children, ensuring that they not only survive but thrive. During the first 1,000 days of life, young children need nutrition, stimulation, protection, violence-free environments, care, and love in order to build the foundations for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development,” says María Cristina Perceval, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The private sector plays an essential role by adopting policies and practices, for example, increased paid maternity and paternity leave and childcare options, among others.”

Ana Maria Drummond, Board Advisor, Childhood Brasil says, “No single sector alone can effectively tackle the most pressing issues facing children in the region, especially in today’s economy.  We must find new innovative partnership models to maintain and expand investment in children.  This is a unique opportunity for this urgent discussion.”

The Forum will also launch the benchmark report “Children’s Rights and the Corporate Sector in South America”. This report, conducted by Global Child Forum and the Boston Consulting Group, examines South America’s top companies and scores how well they report on children’s rights indicators and serves to urge business to drive action on children’s rights in their operations and sectors.

About Global Child Forum

Founded in 2009 by the King and Queen of Sweden, Global Child Forum is a leading forum for children’s rights and business dedicated to innovative thinking, knowledge-sharing and networking. Global Child Forum believes in the power and responsibility of business, working in partnership with all parts of society, to create a prosperous, sustainable and just society for the world’s children. In addition to forums, Global Child Forum delivers research perspectives, best practices and risk assessment tools designed to unlock opportunities for business to integrate children’s rights into their operations and communities. The Honorary Chairman of the Global Child Forum is H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf. For more information, please visit:

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