Canada

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (Municipalité Amie des Enfants, MAE) in Canada is active in the French-speaking province of Québec since 2009 and is led by the NGO Carrefour Action Municipale et Famille (CAMF). The aim of the initiative is to assess and recognize the work and achievements of municipalities…

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Portugal

The Child Friendly Cities Programme in Portugal (Programa Cidades Amigas das Crianças) was launched in 2015 by the Portuguese Committee for UNICEF. The programme aims to contribute to the realization of children’s rights in the country and is designed to encourage adoption of public policies that promote the well-being of all citizens…

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Iceland

The Child Friendly City Initiative (Barnvæn sveitarfélög) in Iceland is in its pilot phase. In 2016 the UNICEF National Committee, in partnership with National Government, local authorities and local youth council launched the Child Friendly city pilot with the municipality of Akureyri, the fourth biggest municipality in Iceland…

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Viet Nam

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Viet Nam’s largest city and the commercial, political, cultural and technological centre of the country. The city is inhabited by 13 million people, and close to 45% are under 25 years of age. Together with neighboring provinces in the Southern Economic Region, the city currently accounts for nearly…

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Jordan

The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Child Friendly Cities initiative began in 2005 when, on the recommendation of the Mayor of Amman, the Executive Agency for a Child Friendly City (EACFC) was created to improve the quality of programs offered to children in greater Amman. That same year, a policy document…

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Belize

The Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities Initiative (SCFM) is a collaboration between the Belize Mayors Association, the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, UNICEF and UNDP. The concept behind this initiative is to create awareness and promote activities at the subnational level aimed at…

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Colombia

The Child Friendly Communities (Territorios Amigos de la Niñez -TAN) initiative in Colombia is being established in the municipalities of Quibdó and Cartagena through a partnership between UNICEF and various national Colombian agencies. These include: The National System for Family Well-being (Sistema Nacional de…

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Mongolia

The Child Friendly Community model was piloted in Khuvsgul province and the Nalaikh district of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar as part of UNICEF’s country programme 2012-2016. The CFC programme cycle consisted of a situation analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation. The Initial Assessment of children’s…

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China

In 2016, the city of Shenzhen – with 10 million residents – expressed an interest in joining the Child Friendly Cities Initiative. Shenzhen has included making the city child-friendly in its Five Year Plan, running from 2016-2020…

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Turkey

Industrialization, a growing economy and search for better jobs and services have driven the Turkish population to migrate to urban areas. The number of people living in urban areas in Turkey today stands at 90 per cent – this translates to more than 60 million people, approximately 30 per cent of which are children…

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