On Monday 8 May, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia took part in the first World Anti-Bullying Forum.
The first World Anti-Bullying Forum (WABF) ran from 7 to 9 May in Solna, and was an opportunity to share both scientific and practical experiences. WABF is the world's biggest event on children's exposure to harassment, bullying and violence. During the forum, leading researchers and practitioners took part in talks, scientific panels, workshops and seminars.
On the Monday morning, The Prince Couple gave a welcoming address and explained how their foundation – Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's Foundation – works to combat online bullying with the aim of spreading knowledge about the fact that diversity is an asset, not something bad. However, cooperation is needed in order to achieve an open and inclusive society, and adults are good role models. If we want to change the way children and young people treat each other, adults must start with themselves and take responsibility for how we act towards each other and express ourselves.
The Prince Couple explained that they were looking forward to taking part in the programme and hoped that the forum would generate many new ideas and solutions.
Read The Prince Couple's speech here.
Professor Donna Cross then gave a talk. Professor Cross works at the University of Western Australia, and has worked together with young people to develop strategies that can be used to reduce and end ongoing online bullying. She is currently leading a number of research projects that aim to improve wellbeing and to reduce mental ill-health, particularly among school children and young people. In 2012, Professor Cross was named Australian of the Year in recognition of her efforts for children's health and wellbeing.
The morning concluded with round-table discussions about bullying, held at the Quality Hotel Friends in Solna.