June 30, 2022
The Real Play Coalition (of which UNICEF is a member of) and PlacemakingX have launched the second edition of the Real Play City Challenge to to celebrate cities and urban practitioners that have successfully used placemaking to create environments that give children time, space and opportunities to play. Application is open until 4 September 2022!
May 25, 2022
UNICEF Innocenti’s Report Card 17 explores how 43 OECD/EU countries are faring in providing healthy environments for children. Do children have clean water to drink? Do they have good-quality air to breathe? Are their homes free of lead and mould? How many children live in overcrowded homes? How many have access to green play spaces, safe from road traffic? The report finds that the majority of wealthy countries are creating unhealthy, dangerous and noxious conditions for children – but highlights also encouraging examples, including from Child Friendly Cities.
Korean Mayors Promise Continuous Commitment for Every Child at 25th Anniversary Ceremony of Child Friendly Cities
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
The Korean Committee for UNICEF (KCU) organized a high-level event with mayors and local government representatives on 1 July to celebrate the efforts of Korean cities to promote child rights.
June 30, 2021
Green spaces can significantly benefit children’s physical, mental and social development – from infancy into adulthood. UNICEF’s new Discussion Paper: The Necessity of Urban Green Space for Children’s Optimal Development pulls together compelling evidence on the significant benefit of green spaces, and recommends interventions focused on empowering communities to claim and maintain their local green spaces, securing government support to improve and create green space in cities, and prioritizing schools and child care centres for greening. The paper advocates that each child, no matter where they live in the city, should be in easy walking distance from a safe and welcoming public green space.
November 1, 2019
The Child Friendly Cities and Communities Handbook, launched in April 2018, is now translated into French, Spanish and Chinese. The Handbook provides guidance on how to establish a CFCI to help cities do better for children within their jurisdictions. It introduces a global framework and step-by-step guidance on establishing a CFCI to professionalize and streamline the initiative globally, while leaving adequate room for adaptation to local contexts, structures, priorities and needs. It emphasizes the importance of measuring and demonstrating the change that the CFCI brings to the lives of children and youth.
October 18, 2019
To mark the end of the Child Friendly Cities Summit, more than 100 mayors and local leaders signed the Cologne Mayors’ Declaration for Child Friendly Cities to accelerate progress towards improving the lives, opportunities and well-being of children in urban areas.
June 20, 2019
In the leadup of the Child Friendly Cities Summit 2019, UNICEF has officially launched the CFCI Inspire Awards to celebrate good and innovative projects that improve the lives of children at the local level. All Child-Friendly Cities and communities are invited to participate in the competition and to send their submissions until 15 August. The winners will be announced and featured at the CFC Summit in mid-October.
November 28, 2018
A new report by UNICEF, Advantage or Paradox: The challenge for children and young people growing up urban, reveals that not all children in cities benefit from the so-called ‘urban advantage’—the notion that higher incomes, better infrastructure, and proximity to services grant urban children advantages over rural children. In fact, urban inequality and exclusion among children in cities can make many of the most disadvantaged children in urban areas worse off than children in rural areas. Hence, the ‘urban paradox.’
Investing in child-responsive urban planning is essential, with long term benefits for all current and future generations. Yet, urban areas are often being developed and managed without children in mind. Due to their specific vulnerabilities related with the urban environment in terms of health, protection and participation, children are the best indicator to know if a city is sustainable: can children go to school in a healthy and safe way; do they have a place to play; and can they speak up on what and how to plan their cities? Recognizing the importance of child-responsive New Urban Agenda, UNICEF has come up with a handbook which underlines the value of having local authorities, planners, infrastructure developers, and the private sector, to make children’s rights and needs a central tenet of their work.
April 10, 2018
As part of an effort to reinvigorate the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) at the global level, UNICEF has launched a new CFCI website and the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities and Communities Handbook. Building on over 20 years of the Child Friendly Cities experience, the website and Handbook underline the importance of respecting and realizing children’s rights in the development of cities and communities.
April 02, 2018 – by Reetta Mikkola
Avilés, Spain – There is excitement and laughter in the air, as 53 adolescents from UNICEF Child Friendly Cities from Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Belarus and Czech Republic, gather at the multi-use center of Avilés, Spain. These young people have travelled to Avilés to participate in the First European Symposium of Child and Youth Councils from 1 to 5 March, 2018.
March 26, 2018 – by Emma Martinho-Truswell; Source: BvL Foundation
At a time when more of the world’s children are growing up in cities than ever before, the Bernard van Leer Foundation is working with city governments around the world to find new and scalable ways to make cities child-friendly as part of its Urban95 programme.
February 5, 2018 – by Samuel Williams; Source: BvL Foundation
A child-friendly city is a city for everyone, young and old. This is because a place that works for children needs to be walkable, safe, green, and rich in opportunities for play and adventure. It needs to offer diversity and culture, places to make their own, freedom to be themselves and the chance to feel part of a community.
November 20, 2017
To celebrate World Children’s Day, children are ‘taking over’ high-visibility roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to shine a light on the most pressing challenges faced by their generation. #kidstakeover
November 20, 2017
The Child Friendly Cities Initiative has put out Our Lives, Our Future, Our Cities newspaper written by children for children to celebrate World Children’s Day.
November 15, 2017 – by Lucy Marstrand in Child in the City
In this second of her two-part essay for Child in the City on the need for cross-disciplinary approaches to street design and traffic management, Lucy Marstrand points to evidence of an innate bias towards roads over pedestrian and cycle schemes within the highways engineering sector.
November 14, 2017 – by Lucy Marstrand in Child in the City
In this first of a two-part essay for Child in the City, transport consultant Lucy
Marstrand questions why the problems associated with increased motor traffic, despite being well-documented since the 1970s, are still not being addressed by the highways engineers who design and build our roads.
October 17, 2017 – 880 Cities
Using 21 case studies from 16 different countries, 880 Cities and the Bernard van Leer Foundation release a new report entitled Building Better Cities with Young Children and Families that looks at creative and effective ways of engaging pregnant women, young children and caregivers in matters related to their built environment.
- World Children’s Day
Sunday, 20 November