Republic of Korea
The Child Friendly Cities Initiative in the Republic of Korea has earned remarkable progress in awareness-raising activities on the rights of children since 2013. As one of the biggest platform initiatives of the Korean Committee for UNICEF, it also leverages other advocacy and fundraising activities of the National Committee while following the global CFCI framework with some components localized to the Korean context. The National Committee is actively contributing to international cooperation and development in Asia by engaging with Country Offices and National Committees as one of the most longstanding models for the CFCI in the region.
The Korean Committee introduced a more formalized framework for the initiative in 2016-2017, developing a set of reporting documents to be submitted by partner cities for evaluation. The framework consists of a memorandum of understanding, a situation analysis, an action plan and an impact assessment and evaluation. The NatCom later developed statistically valid methodologies in data collection to aid municipal government officers. A multidisciplinary evaluation is carried out by experts in various fields such as law, social welfare, education, public health, business administration, counselling, and child development.
The NatCom works closely with them to maintain the fairness and professionalism of the evaluation process. Clear and demonstrated results are the key to recognizing a Child Friendly City, so the National Committee made it mandatory in 2017 for municipalities to submit not only an action plan that determines their commitment in the future but also a governance report that summarizes their work and results achieved until the present. The National Committee has been working with 113 municipalities (74 of which were recognized as Child Friendly Cities) out of the total 243 municipalities in the country.
The Korean Committee also established the Association for the Promotion of UNICEF Child Friendly Cities in 2015 to form a network of local governments for mutual learning and co-funding activities. The Committee invited the members of the association to visit child-friendly cities in other countries in 2016 through 2019 to facilitate the creation of a global community. The association is joined by 95 municipalities as of July 2021 and is actively seeking cooperation opportunities with other municipalities as well as the National Committee.
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