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.

Learn more about the situation of children in cities

Read more about the challenges and opportunities children living in urban areas face.

Ligia, eight, plays with a friend on the boulevard of a major highway in Sao Paulo. With a population approaching 150 million, Brazil has an estimated 30 million children living in poverty, with more than 7 million aged 10-17 working to survive and almost one million abandoned to a life on the streets. To respond to their needs, a major part of UNICEF's US$47 million cooperation programme 1990-1995 working with NGOs and local authorities - provides literacy and other educational opportunities, while at the same time promoting non-exploitative income-generation for children who must work. UNICEF also supports advocacy to prevent violence against street children and to promote legislation to protect working children. Increased attention is also being given to the circumstances of girls living in poverty, forced to work or living in the streets, also recognizing their domestic work and their special educational, health and social needs.
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Check out some ideas about how children and youth can contribute to making their city or community more child-friendly.

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.

Ligia, eight, plays with a friend on the boulevard of a major highway in Sao Paulo. With a population approaching 150 million, Brazil has an estimated 30 million children living in poverty, with more than 7 million aged 10-17 working to survive and almost one million abandoned to a life on the streets. To respond to their needs, a major part of UNICEF's US$47 million cooperation programme 1990-1995 working with NGOs and local authorities - provides literacy and other educational opportunities, while at the same time promoting non-exploitative income-generation for children who must work. UNICEF also supports advocacy to prevent violence against street children and to promote legislation to protect working children. Increased attention is also being given to the circumstances of girls living in poverty, forced to work or living in the streets, also recognizing their domestic work and their special educational, health and social needs.

Learn more about the situation of children in cities

Read more about the challenges and opportunities children living in urban areas face.

girl on tablet

You have a voice!

Check out some ideas about how children and youth can contribute to making their city or community more child-friendly.

© UNICEF/UN049082/Georgiev

Learn what cities are doing for children uprooted

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

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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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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European Youth Council Symposium

April 02, 2018  – Youth from five countries in Europe participate in the First European Symposium of Child and Youth Councils in Avilés, Spain, 1- 5 March, 2018.
Learn more about the initiative in Spain.

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European Youth Council Symposium

April 02, 2018  – Youth from five countries in Europe participate in the First European Symposium of Child and Youth Councils in Avilés, Spain, 1- 5 March, 2018.

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