Child Friendly Cities Initiative | Cities Inspire Awards 2021

The Child Friendly Cities and Local Governments Inspire Awards are back in 2021!

The Child Friendly Cities and Local Governments Inspire Awards celebrate innovative and inspiring solutions or projects that foster child rights at the local level and improve the daily lives of children and young people in the cities and communities where they live.

This year, the awards will be given in six categories. Hover over the icons to learn more.

Ensuring that every child and young person has their voice, needs and priorities heard and considered in public laws, policies, budgets and decisions

Safe and child-responsive urban design, mobility and freedom from pollution and waste, including action to mitigate the effects of climate change on children

Providing access to quality social services to children, young people and their families, including physical and mental health care, education, nutrition support, early childhood development, child protection and family support, and developing and providing child- and adolescent-friendly social services

Opportunities to enjoy play, leisure and family life, including social, cultural and sports activities, and access to safe places to meet and play

Redistributing and allocating public resources that benefit children and their families, especially the most disadvantaged children; assessment of child poverty in cities or local government settings; and social protection measures that support children cities or local government settings

Implementing an analysis to support the understanding of the situation of children and the major depravations they face; collecting data and ensuring local programmes, plans and budgets include child priorities; strengthening the transparency and accountability of use of public resources; and promoting children and young people’s participation in budget planning and oversight

The Inspire Awards celebrate the commitment of cities and communities to promote child rights. All entries conforming to the requirements, regardless of whether they are shortlisted, will be available on this website and published in an electronic booklet to inspire other local governments around the world to act.

How does it work?

The awards process has five phases:

  1. Submission of entries on the Inspire Awards website by 21 October 2021 at noon CET. Each entry consists of a short video and a completed case study template. All cities and communities can participate in the awards with several entries. However, each project can only be submitted to two categories. Applications that do not conform to the requirements will be disqualified.
  2. Assessment of entries by expert panels. Three entries from each category will be shortlisted for public voting. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 30 October 2021 and will receive video editing support.
  3. Public vote for shortlisted inspiring practices on the Inspire Awards website (dates to be announced soon).
  4. Virtual event on 17 November 2021 at 2p.m. CET to celebrate the work of cities and local governments and announce the winners of the awards. Winners will receive a certificate. Watch this space for a registration link to the awards.
  5. World Children’s Day on 20 November 2021 with cities going blue and organizing kids’ takeovers in celebration of the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

1. Submission of entries on the Inspire Awards website by 21 October 2021 at noon CET. Each entry consists of a short video and a completed case study template. All cities and communities can participate in the awards with several entries. However, each project can only be submitted to two categories. Applications that do not conform to the requirements will be disqualified.

2. Assessment of entries by expert panels. Three entries from each category will be shortlisted for public voting. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 30 October 2021 and will receive video editing support.

3. Public vote for shortlisted inspiring practices on the Inspire Awards website (dates to be announced soon).

4. Virtual event on 17 November 2021 at 2p.m. CET to celebrate the work of cities and local governments and announce the winners of the awards. Winners will receive a certificate. Watch this space for a registration link to the awards.

5. World Children’s Day on 20 November 2021 with cities going blue and organizing kids’ takeovers in celebration of the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Throughout the awards, cities are invited to share their inspiring examples on social media using the hashtags #childfriendlycities, #IAmCommitted and #WorldChildrensDay

Criteria for Review

All entries complying with participation requirements will be reviewed by six technical expert panels, one for each category, against these criteria:

  • Demonstrated results: To what extent has the solution/project positively impacted or changed the life of children and young people growing up in the city or community?
  • Social inclusion and non-discrimination: How well does the solution/project respect the rights of all children, without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child’s or a parent’s background? Does it contribute to the realization of the rights of the most vulnerable children?
  • Participation of children and young people: How does the solution/project incorporate the ideas and involvement of children and young people?
  • Creativity and innovation: How are new and emerging concepts and ideas incorporated in the solution/project?
  • Replicability and cost-efficiency: How easy and appropriate is it to replicate the solution/project in other contexts, especially with limited resources?

Regardless of whether an entry makes it to the finals, all UNICEF-approved entries will be published on this website and in an electronic booklet. See the booklet from the 2019 Inspire Awards.

How to participate?

To participate in the Inspire Awards, submit your entry by 21 October 2021 at noon CET through the online submission platform. In the form, you are required to provide:

  1. A completed submission template (please complete your entry in English)
  2. A two-minute video (see guidance here)

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 30 October 2021, and finalist videos will be published on this website in early November and promoted through social media. If your entry is shortlisted, you will receive support in editing your video.

Questions?

Please contact cfci@unicef.org for any questions on the Child Friendly Cities and Local Governments Inspire Awards.