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

The initiative will be jointly rolled out by the Municipal Government, the Shenzhen Working Committee on Children and Women and UNICEF China. The initial focus of the CFCI will include strong health components related to water and sanitation, prevention of child injuries and road traffic injuries, childhood obesity control and early childhood development. As the process matures, greater attention will be given to other sectors, and issues related to urbanization and migration. Child participation and non-discrimination will also feature as cross-cutting elements.

Currently, Shenzhen has established a local coordination mechanism and steering committee to lead the process under the aegis of the Shenzhen Working Committee on Children and Women. Supported by UNICEF and other partners, they will draft a Plan of Action to complement the 13th Five Year Plan that will outline the objectives of the initiative and an accreditation process.

Interest in joining the Child Friendly City Initiative is emerging from other cities in China as well. In 2017, two Chinese delegations visited Switzerland and Germany to learn about CFCI.

A delegation from Shenzhen will participate in a Mayors Conference to be held in Surabaya, Indonesia in the first quarter of 2018.

Young people play an HIV knowledge board game at an event to promote sexual and reproductive health among adolescents supported by the China Center for Health Education and UNICEF China.

© UNICEF/UN042017/Yong

Population: 1,403,500,000
Pop. under 18: 295,112,000


• Shenzhen


Dr Yang Zhenbo
WASH Specialist