The Child Friendly Cities Summit consists of two and a half days of technical discussions (15–17 October) and culminates in a Mayors’ Summit (18 October).
The summit will start with the official opening ceremony at the venue in Cologne on Tuesday, 15 October in the afternoon at 4.00pm and will end on Friday, 18th October at 3.00pm.
The Agenda will be a mix of inspiring keynote speakers, networking and technical discussions with a focus on sharing of good practices.
The agenda is divided into four parallel tracks, which include:
- Inclusive cities
- Participatory cities
- Safe, secure and healthy cities
- Child–friendly local governance and services
Some of the themes to be discussed in these tracks include:
- Inclusion and non-discrimination
- Child participation
- Bullying and protection from violence
- Strategic planning and budgeting
- Urban planning and public space
- Mobility and transportation
- Play and leisure
- Data and evidence
More details coming soon.
On Monday 14 October and Tuesday 15 October, UNICEF and Child Friendly Cities in Germany, Finland and Switzerland will organize field trips, which offer an opportunity to see child-friendly projects in real life and meet local professionals working with children and young people. Please note that spaces for these visits are limited.
Monday 14 October
With a strong focus on child participation in all aspects of city planning, the City of Hämeenlinna was the first city to receive the Child Friendly City recognition in Finland. During the visit, participants will have an opportunity to visit the Hirsimäki kindergarten focusing on nature education, cultural center Arx and meet with local youth council members.
- 9.04 Train leaves from Helsinki Central Station
- 10.15 Visit to Hirsimäki kindergarten
- 11.15 Visit to Arx, cultural center for children and youth + meeting with youth council members
- 12.00 Lunch at Verkatehdas area (at Iso huvila)
- 12.49 Train leaves to Helsinki airport
Monday 14 October
The City of Regensburg is the first Child Friendly City in the state of Bavaria and among the largest cities in Germany to join the CFCI. Regensburg has an extensive programme for children, e.g. their biannual two-week programme “Mini Regensburg” which attracts hundreds of children from the area since 2007.
- 09:00: Meeting in Regensburg city centre and visit to the following facilities:
- 13:00: Lunch
- 14:32: Direct train to Cologne
- 19:05: Arrival in Cologne
Monday 14 October
Weil am Rhein is the first German city to join the CFCI. The city has been particularly involved in child participation, running projects such as the “child and youth forum” or guidelines for participatory processes.
Basel was recognized as a Child Friendly City by UNICEF Switzerland in 2013. Basel has a longstanding and intense cooperation with the “Kinderbüro Basel” (Children’s Office Basel), which has served the City of Basel as an expert panel and advisory body on child and youth participation over the years. Together the City of Basel and the Children’s Office Basel have put together an interesting and inspiring program for the participants of this field trip.
- 09:00-11:00: Field trips in Weil am Rhein:
- Youth center
- Youth café
- Street workout Park
- 11:00-12:45 Transfer and lunch
- 12:45-14:45: Field trips in Basel
- 15:13 Train from Basel to Cologne
- 19:05 Arrival in Cologne
Monday 14 October & Tuesday 15 October
There are two time slots for field trips on Monday 14 October (09:00-12:30 and 13:30-16:00), and one time slot for Tuesday 15 October (09:00-12:30).
The meeting point for all field trips is the child and youth office in the heart of Cologne (Alter Markt 62-64, 50667 Köln). A group will consist of a maximum of 20 participants, except for daycare visits which will be a maximum of 10 persons per group.
Please consult this note for information about logistics. The participants should know that they might need to purchase a public transport ticket (3 EUR/one way). The tour guide will assist the participants, but it is helpful to have some cash. It is also possible to purchase tickets with a card.
Visit options, 09:00-12:30 and 13:30-16:00:
- Child and youth facilities: During the visit, participants will see “open-door” -facilities for children and adolescents, where they can spend their free time. All of these facilities have a cafe and an open area as well and offer a variety of activities ranging from creative workshops to career advice.
- Leisure activities in public spaces: The City of Cologne offers more than 700 playgrounds, football fields and other open spaces (e.g. skating facilities). During the visit, participants will see some of these public spaces designed for children and young people.
- Community centers: During the visit, participants will see some of the community centres that offer recreational and educational activities for all age groups.
- Daycare: During the trip, participants will have the opportunity to visit selected municipal daycare centers.
- Child and Youth Office: The Child and Youth Office is a big milestone in the implementation of the CFCI in Cologne. Newly opened in March 2019 and in the heart of the city centre, it is the place to go for children and youth in Cologne in all matters of their concern.
Guided City Tours
The City of Cologne offers a variety of guided city tours throughout the week. The visits will be in English. These include:
- Wednesday 18:30: city center, 90 min. (50 participants)
- Friday 14:00: Cologne Cathedral, 60 min. (50 participants)
- Friday 14:30: city center, 90 min. (50 participants)
- Friday 15:00: Cologne Cathedral, 60 min. (50 participants)