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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 child rights

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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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.

News & Events

Children Growing Up Urban

A new report by UNICEF, Advantage or Paradox: The challenge for children and young people growing up urban, reveals that not all children in cities benefit from the so-called ‘urban advantage.’

Children Growing Up Urban

A new report by UNICEF, Advantage or Paradox: The challenge for children and young people growing up urban, reveals that not all children in cities benefit from the so-called ‘urban advantage.’

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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