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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.

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Resources for Welcoming, Protecting and Including Refugee Children from Ukraine

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.

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New study on local child participation

The study builds on interviews with children, young people and supporting adults engaged in almost 30 different local-level participation structures in 11 countries.

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New study on local child participation

The study builds on interviews with children, young people and supporting adults engaged in almost 30 different local-level participation structures in 11 countries.

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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