To celebrate the commitment to child rights in cities and communities around the world, a first global Child Friendly Cities Summit will take place in Cologne, Germany from 15 to 18 October 2019.

The Summit will bring together mayors, local leaders, technical experts, children and young people from Child Friendly Cities around the world to discuss innovative approaches to advance child rights through local commitment and action and to identify and exchange good practices at the local level.

The Child Friendly Cities Summit is intended for:

  • Mayors, city officials and technical experts from local governments
  • UNICEF staff and international organizations
  • UNICEF partners from academia, civil society organizations and the private sector
  • Children and young people

The Child Friendly Cities Summit is by invitation only. Sessions of the Summit will be video recorded and shared after the Summit on this website.

We would love to hear from you! During the Summit, there are plenty of opportunities to showcase the work of your city, e.g. through posters or by sharing your experience during one of the Summit sessions. In case you would like to present during a session, please contact cfci@unicef.org for further information.

All presentations and keynote speeches will be recorded on video and shared on this website after the Summit. Good practices collected before and during the Summit will be turned into a publication. You can also follow the Summit discussions on social media, with the hashtag #ChildFriendlyCities.

Cologne is less than an hour away from three major international airports: Cologne, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. There are direct train connections from all three airports to Cologne central station, which is within walking distance from the Gürzenich. Direct shuttle transport from airports will not be available. With the conference badge, participants are free to use public transport within the City of Cologne for the duration of the Summit.

The Summit consists of two and a half days of technical discussions (15–17 October) and a one-day mayors’ event (18 October). Participants can choose to participate in either event, or to stay throughout the Summit. Ideally, participants will stay throughout the Summit, as spaces are in high demand.

In case you have to cancel your registration, please inform the Summit team (cfci@unicef.org) as soon as possible.

The working language of the Summit is English. Simultaneous translation will be available from English into German, French, Russian and Spanish. Should you require translation into another language, please contact the CFCI team at cfci@unicef.org to explore the option of identifying a volunteer that can assist in translation at the Summit.

Participation in the Summit will be free of charge, but participants will need to cover their travel and accommodation costs.