PRESS RELEASE: Global Child Forum makes international debut in Dubai with Forum on children's rights

Dubai, UAE – 7 October, 2014: The Global Child Forum, an international independent platform for research, dialogue, information and action which was initiated by Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, will make its international debut in Dubai under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, and Chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The high-level forum will bring together over 400 regional and international decision-makers from business, finance, state, academia and civil society to discuss improvements of children’s rights as part of the global sustainability agenda. It will be held at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on 13 November, 2014. The aim of the event is to broaden the network of stakeholders working for children´s rights and also to support cross-sector partnerships and knowledge sharing in the region.

“We believe that by creating a platform for informed, global dialogue and building partnerships between different sectors of society we can inspire to effective and innovative cross-sector action on children´s rights,” said Ulf Karlberg, Chairman, Global Child Forum. “After four successful international Forums at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, Global Child Forum is now ready to take the next step. Dubai in its role as the hub of the MENA region was an obvious choice,” Karlberg added.

About Global Child Forum

Global Child Forum´s vision is a sustainable world where children´s rights are respected and supported by all stakeholders in society. We believe that by creating a platform for research and informed, global dialogue and building partnerships between different sectors of society we can inspire to cross-sector action on children´s rights. Global Child Forum is a non-profit foundation initiated by H.M. the King and H.M the Queen of Sweden in 2009.

About the event

The Global Child Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, 13 November 2014, is a full day event with plenary sessions, a networking luncheon followed by action-labs and cultural festivities celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The aim of the Forum is to broaden the network of stakeholders working for children´s rights and to support cross-sector partnerships and knowledge sharing. The Forum is organised under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai.

The Dubai Foundation for Women & Children are co-organisers of the Global Child Forum on Middle East and North Africa. Other regional co-organisers are the Arabia CSR-Network, the Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood in the United Arab Emirates and The Arab League.