France

The French CFCI, Ville Amie des Enfants (VAE), was launched in 2002 in partnership with the French Mayors’ Association. The aim was to raise local leaders’ awareness on the Convention of the Rights of the Child and how it could be used to improve the lives of children at the local level.

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Sweden

UNICEF Sweden is starting up a pilot in five municipalities from August 2017 to May 2019. The project aims at integrating and mainstreaming the child rights perspective in all parts on all levels of each municipality’s work. Another aim is to help creating synergies between the work of the municipality, civil society and the private sector…

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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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Austria

The Child Friendly Communities Initiative (Kinderfreundliche Gemeinden) has been active in Austria since 2013. The objective of the initiative and the Child Friendly Community recognition is to underline the importance of making child friendly decisions in children’s everyday surroundings, where the realization of…

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Finland

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (Lapsiystävällinen kunta, Child Friendly Municipality) in Finland has been active since 2012, led by the Finnish National Committee. Currently 16 Finnish municipalities are participating in the initiative, with 5 of them recognized as child friendly…

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