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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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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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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