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, 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, 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.