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Launch of new Child Friendly Cities Initiative website and handbook

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.

First European Symposium of Child and Youth Councils assembles in Spain

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.

How cities can use dashboards to make better decisions about early childhood

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.

Growing up in the city: Putting children first creates cities for all

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.

Kids take over on World Children’s Day

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

Our Lives, Our Futures, Our Cities newspaper by children for children

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.

Transport Policy needs to break from the bias of engineers

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.

Highways engineering a barrier to child-friendly cities

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.

New report on how to engage young children and families in building child-friendly cities

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.

Events

Resilient Cities Global Forum 2018  
26-28 April, 2018
Bonn, Germany

World Urban Forum 9 
7-13 February, 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia