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Melania Trump: World Needs to 'Step Up' and Help Children

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Thank you.

Good afternoon excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies

and gentlemen, colleagues and friends.

I would like to welcome and thank

all of you for joining me here today.

I'm honored to serve as First Lady of the United States,

and I look forward to sharing with each of you

my sincere hopes for all that we will able to do together

to promote peace, human rights, and human dignity,

leaving no one behind, especially not our children.

The most important and joyous role I ever had

is to be a mother to my young son.

And what could possibly be more essential

focus in everyone's life than that of loving, educating,

and bringing up our next generation

to be happy, productive, and morally responsible adults?

Together, we must acknowledge that all too often, it's

the weakest, most innocent, and vulnerable among us,

our children, who ultimately suffer

the most from the challenges that plague our societies.

Whether it is drug addiction, bullying, poverty, disease,

trafficking, illiteracy, or hunger,

it is the children who are hit first and hardest

in any country.

And as we all know, the future of every nation

rests with the promise of their young people.

If you look at the present state of children in any society,

we will see the future that our world can expect tomorrow.

Show me your civic lessons of today,

and I will show you your civic leaders of tomorrow.

Show me your history lessons of today,

and I will show you your political leaders of tomorrow.

Show me the loving bonds between your families today,

and I will show you the patriotism and moral clarity

of your nation tomorrow.

Our choices on how we raise and educate our children

will, in fact, provide the blueprint

for the next generation.

If we do not advocate a love of country

to our children and the generations to come,

then why would our children grow up

to fight for their country's founding

principles and moral truths?

If we do not teach our children the importance of helping those

less fortunate, wherever they may be,

then why would they become caring adults who

dedicate themselves to charity?

If we do not ensure that our youth redefine

their nation of community to reach

beyond their own backyards, their own schools,

and their own town halls, then why

would we expect to see a new generation of leaders

with the moral conscience that includes all of humanity?

When we join together as parents caring for children, whatever

they live in our own families, across the street,

across the nation, or across the globe,

we claim our responsibility to the next generation

to ensure they are prepared to accept the torch of leadership

for the world of tomorrow.

And make no mistake--

this will always begin with us coming together

to embrace parents whose noble calling.

Nothing could be more urgent nor worthy a cause

than preparing future generations

for their adulthood with true moral clarity

and responsibility.

To achieve this, we must come together

for the good of our children.

Because through them, our future will be defined.

Therefore, we must teach each child

the values of empathy and communication

that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness,

integrity, and leadership which can only be taught by example.

By our own example, we must teach

children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.

We must remember that they are watching and listening.

So we must never miss an opportunity

to teach life's many ethical lessons along the way.

As adults, we are not merely responsible,

we are accountable.

I hope you will join me in recommitting ourselves

to teaching the next generation to live by and honor

the golden rule--

do unto others as you would have them unto you,

which is paramount in today's society

and our focus as first lady.

It remains our generation's moral imperative

to take responsibility for what our children learn.

We must turn our focus right now to the message and content they

are exposed to on a daily basis through social media,

the bullying, the experience online and in person,

and the growing global epidemic of drug addiction and drug

overdose.

No children should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened,

terrorized, bullied, isolated, or afraid with nowhere to turn.

We need to step up, come together,

and ensure that our children's future is bright.

In the coming months, I hope to reach out

to each one of you here today to call upon you for your support

and guidance and look forward to joining you

in collaboration to support and educate our next generation.

I'm asking leaders on social media whose

target market for their products and platforms is children,

as well, community and educational leaders

to join me in this fight for the hopes

and dreams of our children.

With all my heart, I want to thank you, each one of you,

for being here today and tell you

how much I'm looking forward to working with you on behalf

of our children.

God bless our children.

God bless our nations.

And God bless the United States of America.

Thank you.

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