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QUEEN MATHILDE OF BELGIUM IN NEW YORK

In her capacity as Defender of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium traveled to New York for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) – from September 23, 2019 to September 25, 2019.

The Queen’s agenda include numerous meetings and activities of the United Nations on the urgency of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.



Queen Mathilde of the Belgians in New York – Day 1

On September 23, Queen Mathilde attended Unicef and EU event on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Queen Mathilde talked on a panel about the contribution of Belgium to the implementation of this Convention, at the invitation of Unicef and the EU.⁣⁣



Later, Mathilde of the Belgians visited the internationally renowned Juilliard School of the Arts, where she meet with winners of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition.



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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians in New York – Day 2

On September 24, Queen Mathilde attended the opening of the general debate of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Queen had meetings with Mr. Robert Skinner, Mrs. Virginia Gamba and Mrs. Henrietta H. Fore.

Also on the agenda is a political forum on the accelerated implementation of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The day ended with a contribution to the debate ‘The Missing Billion in Universal Health care (UHC): children with developmental delays and disabilities’ held in the NY Public Library.⁣



Queen Mathilde of the Belgians in New York – Day 3

On September 25, Queen Mathilde attended the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development at Columbia University, New York.⁣

Queen Mathilde gave an inaugural speech:

“We must transform the way we think. We need to develop a long-term view and genuine solidarity, both with the most vulnerable and with future generations.”

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians


Afterwards, The Queen had a meeting with Mr. Achim Steiner, an environmentalist, who currently serves as the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

UNDP is a key partner for the implementation of the SDGs in developing countries.



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