Queen Mathilde was in Düsseldorf on Friday evening, to receive a German special award for her work in sustainable development (Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis). She was chosen for “her commitment to social and humanitarian projects”, through the Queen Mathilde Trusts and Unicef in particular. In her speech, the Queen called for young people to be given special consideration.
The Foundation that gives out the German special award for sustainable development announced its decision on Tuesday.
The Queen gave a short speech during the ceremony. “The most important elements in sustainable development are the people and tomorrow’s leaders: young people. Let’s listen to them, to their concerns, their expectations and aspirations. Their contribution and commitment are essential for a sustainable future”.
The Queen also said it was important everyone had access to education and healthcare. “Without education and healthcare, employment and prosperity are an impossible dream”, she explained. “Investing in sustainable development is above all else investing in people. When we talk about sustainable development, we have to make people the top priority”.
The organisers highlighted the Belgian Queen’s commitment to the fight against poverty, to education, healthcare and to women and children’s rights.
The work done by the Queen Mathilde Trusts and her role as the honorary President of Unicef Belgium were also mentioned. She also makes sustainable development visible within the United Nations.