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Mayors commit to action for children at the CFC Summit

Every child has the right to grow up in an environment where they feel safe and secure, have access to basic services and clean air and water, can play, learn and grow and where their voice is heard and matters.

What is a Child-Friendly City?

How to Build a Child-Friendly City

Welcome to the new Child Friendly Cities Initiative website with updated content and resources. Check out the CFCI handbook and also the new Handbook on child-responsive urban planning.

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More than 100 cities and communities committed to action for children at the Child Friendly Cities Summit.

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Mayors commit to action for children at the CFC Summit

Ahead of the CFC Summit, Mayors from around the world share their thoughts.

Explore Child Friendly Cities Initiatives around the world

Get a snapshot of UNICEF-supported Child Friendly Cities Initiatives around the world, both the more established as well as the growing number that are joining.

Mayors commit to action for children

Read the Cologne Mayors’ Declaration for Child Friendly Cities, signed by more than 160 mayors and local leaders.

You have a voice!

Check out what 120,000 young people around the world have to say to mayors and decision makers in their Manifesto presented at the Child Friendly Cities Summit.

Learn what cities are doing for children uprooted

Download the document Children Uprooted: What Can Local Governments Do as a PDF.

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© UNICEF/UN049082/Georgiev

Explore Child Friendly Cities Initiatives around the world

Get a snapshot of UNICEF-supported Child Friendly Cities Initiatives around the world, both the more established as well as the growing number that are joining.

Mayors commit to action for children

Read the Cologne Mayors’ Declaration for Child Friendly Cities, signed by more than 160 mayors and local leaders.

You have a voice!

Check out what 120,000 young people around the world have to say to mayors and decision makers in their Manifesto presented at the Child Friendly Cities Summit.

© UNICEF/UN049082/Georgiev

Learn what cities are doing for children uprooted

Download the document Children Uprooted: What Can Local Governments Do as a PDF.

English | French | Arabic | Spanish

Learn more about how to build a child-friendly city  

Here you will find guidance to help build a child-friendly city or community, including guiding principles, framework for action, steps to implementing a Child Friendly Cities Initiative as well as some practice examples.

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© UNICEF/UN0312703/Sokol | Rafael Alfonso Araujo, 27, holds his daughter Selva, 2, outside of their home where Rafael and his wife Luma, 28, run a small, independent bakery that provides healthy, homemade food items to government workers in Areguá, Central department, Paraguay on 26 January 2019. Selva attends a UNICEF-supported “creative and cultural center” called Torore that was launched by the Central department government as a model Early Childhood Development (ECD) center. Torore not only provides daycare services for the children of government employees, but also fosters curiosity and a love of learning in young children. Rafael says that the program has deeply transformed on the way that he and Luma raise their family. “Our families pressured us to be productive — to work a ton — and to make money " Rafael says. "The kids would say ‘play with me’, and I wouldn’t because of the pressure to go out and earn money. But now I’m much more aware of the importance of being there for my kids—of being present. Washing sticky hands after peeling a mango for his children’s breakfast, Rafael, 27, speaks excitedly about Torore, the Early Childhood Development (ECD) day care centre that Selva, 2, and Amaru, 3, attend. “Torore fit our family like a ring on a finger; it opened at the moment when we decided to make our own lifestyle.” Rafael and his wife, Luma, 28, run a small, independent bakery that provides homemade food items to government workers in Areguá, not far outside the Paraguay's capital city, Asunción. The family of four live in a rural home that Rafael and Luma built by hand, and they work hard to maintain a lifestyle that keeps them in close contact with the land and leaves a small ecological footprint. “We don’t have a car, we have a bike. That’s how we move around town and sell our baked goods," Rafael says. "Everyone in Areguá recognizes the bike, with the children sitting in the basket up front. It’s kind of a member of the family,” Toro

Benefits of Green Space for Children

New UNICEF Discussion Paper makes the case for investing in greening cities for children.

© UNICEF/UN0312703/Sokol | Rafael Alfonso Araujo, 27, holds his daughter Selva, 2, outside of their home where Rafael and his wife Luma, 28, run a small, independent bakery that provides healthy, homemade food items to government workers in Areguá, Central department, Paraguay on 26 January 2019. Selva attends a UNICEF-supported “creative and cultural center” called Torore that was launched by the Central department government as a model Early Childhood Development (ECD) center. Torore not only provides daycare services for the children of government employees, but also fosters curiosity and a love of learning in young children. Rafael says that the program has deeply transformed on the way that he and Luma raise their family. “Our families pressured us to be productive — to work a ton — and to make money " Rafael says. "The kids would say ‘play with me’, and I wouldn’t because of the pressure to go out and earn money. But now I’m much more aware of the importance of being there for my kids—of being present. Washing sticky hands after peeling a mango for his children’s breakfast, Rafael, 27, speaks excitedly about Torore, the Early Childhood Development (ECD) day care centre that Selva, 2, and Amaru, 3, attend. “Torore fit our family like a ring on a finger; it opened at the moment when we decided to make our own lifestyle.” Rafael and his wife, Luma, 28, run a small, independent bakery that provides homemade food items to government workers in Areguá, not far outside the Paraguay's capital city, Asunción. The family of four live in a rural home that Rafael and Luma built by hand, and they work hard to maintain a lifestyle that keeps them in close contact with the land and leaves a small ecological footprint. “We don’t have a car, we have a bike. That’s how we move around town and sell our baked goods," Rafael says. "Everyone in Areguá recognizes the bike, with the children sitting in the basket up front. It’s kind of a member of the family,” Toro

Benefits of Green Space for Children

New UNICEF Discussion Paper makes the case for investing in greening cities for children.

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CFCI Handbook available in French, Spanish and Chinese

The Handbook provides guidance on how to establish a CFCI to help cities do better for children within their jurisdictions.

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CFCI Handbook available in French, Spanish and Chinese

The Handbook provides guidance on how to establish a CFCI to help cities do better for children within their jurisdictions.

Children participating in the UNICEF Municipal Seal of Approval's Community Forum in São Sebastião, State of Alagoas in 2016