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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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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Costa Rica

The Cantones Amigos de la Niñez – CAI (Child Friendly Cantons initiative) in Costa Rica promotes the protection of children’s rights by recognizing local governments that take specific action to improve the welfare of children in their jurisdictions…

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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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New Zealand

CFCI in New Zealand The Child Friendly Cities Initiative has been active rallying registered interest in New Zealand since 2006, and the National Committee has been successful in registering interest from a variety of municipalities, including New Zealand’s capital city, New Zealand’s largest city, and two district council…

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Japan

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative in Japan has this far developed rather independently without National Committee involvement, as an independent effort at the municipal level to implement child rights ordinances. Therefore the initiative has this far taken very bottom-up approach, with municipalities requiring increased…

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Republic of Korea

The first Child Friendly City in the Republic of Korea, Seongbuk, was officially recognized in 2013 by the Korean Committee for UNICEF (KCU) as a pilot project to launch the Child-Friendly Cities Initiative in the country. As more municipalities expressed interest, KCU officially rolled out the initiative in 2015…

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Belarus

UNICEF first launched the Child Friendly Cities initiative in Belarus in 2007. Since then, it has expanded widely around the country to bring an explicit children’s focus to the traditional, adult-oriented local governance system…

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Spain

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (Ciudades Amigas de la Infancia) in Spain was launched in 2002 and has the support of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) and the University Institute of Needs and Rights of Children and Adolescents (IUNDIA)…

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Slovenia

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (Otrokom prijazno UNICEF-ovo mesto) in Slovenia was launched in 2002. The initiative was originally exported from neighboring Italy and is led by the National Committee. Currently, 15 municipalities are participating in the initiative, including the capital city Ljubljana…

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