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Urban Events Calendar

►25th-27th September, 2013, Nantes, EcoCity World Summit ►1st-4th October 2013, Rabat:United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress ►21st-22nd November, 2013, Surrey, Cities Fit for Children Conference ►3rd-7th March, 2014, Medellin,World Urban Forum 7

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Third Annual Child Friendly Cities Conference Held in Kathmandu

Third third conference on child-friendly cities concluded in Kathmandu on Saturday, and ended with the issuance of a draft declaration with four key points on ‘Child-Friendly Governance’. Kul Chandra Gautam, former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, called child-friendly local governance an ‘essential ingredient of good governance’ during his

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‘Safe Cities’ Report in Beirut Reveals Lack of Safety, Basic Services in Urban Areas

A new report of a scoping study conducted as part of the ‘Safe and Sustainable Cities’ (SSC) initiative in Beirut, Lebanon reveals that a lack of safe public spaces, lack of access to basic urban services, and deteriorating infrastructure all increase risks for women, children, and youth in urban areas, mainly in the poor neighbourhoods

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UNICEF’s ‘School Excellence Programme’ in Mumbai: Leveraging Private Sector Partnerships for Results in Urban Education

Mumbai has been described as India’s ‘financial powerhouse’, full of glistening skyscrapers and home to the country’s fashion, film, and television industries. However, it is also a city of stark contrasts as it is home to the largest slums in India, faces a homelessness problem, and is overburdened by migration from other parts of the

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Shedding Light on Urban Children in Tanzania

In 2012, UNICEF Tanzania released a new publication entitled Cities and Children: The Challenge of Urbanisation in Tanzania. The report served as a companion volume to the 2012 State of the World’s Children: Children in an Urban World and provides a valuable glimpse into the lives of the country’s urban youth. Already, more than one

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Reducing Urban Health Disparities in Nigeria: Lagos State Investment Case

UNICEF Regional Director David Gressly and the Lagos State Government launched the Lagos State Investment Case document, identifying disparities in the Nigerian healthcare system—especially in urban areas. The case states that Nigeria’s maternal and under-5 mortality rates are among the highest in the world, and urban slum dwellers among the most vulnerable subpopulations within the

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Urban MICS in Ghana

Over the course of 2010–2011, in order to better understand the nature and effects of urban poverty on chil­dren in Ghana, UNICEF worked with the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research to carry out a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Accra, the country’s capital city and largest urban area. UNICEF uses MICS, an

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Increasing Opportunities for China’s Migrant Children

According to the National Committee on Children and Women under the State Council (NWCCW) there are over 20 million migrant children living in China’s cities. Because so many of these migrant children lack any type of official registration, their complex health, educational, and psychosocial needs are often overlooked. Since 2001, NWCCW and UNICEF have been

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UNICEF Surveys at Risk Young People in Cambodia – Most in Urban Areas

Young Cambodians – those aged between 10-24 – make up one third of their country’s population. Some of them, particularly those who migrate from rural to urban areas and those practicing high risk behaviours, are among what UNICEF’s country office in Cambodia terms the ‘Most at Risk Young People’ (MARYP), who are vulnerable because they

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UNICEF Carves Out A Niche for Basic Service Delivery and Design at High-Level CSW Panel

From providing an architectural blueprint for gender-separated bathrooms in schools to harnessing the power of the Olympic Games to draw attention to children’s right to play, UNICEF is at the forefront of policy making and programming that provides safe urban spaces for women and children. At a Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) panel

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