UNICEF USA, in its efforts to bring together advocates for children to amplify children’s voices and help affect change at home and abroad, is working to adapt and pilot UNICEF’s global Child Friendly Cities Initiative framework to the United States.
This initiative will draw on the strengths of existing local efforts across the United States to improve child well-being, while bringing to bear UNICEF USA’s ability to provide technical expertise, convening power, a globally recognized brand, a diverse network of dedicated volunteers, and a marketing and advocacy campaign to build a non-partisan movement in the U.S. to secure the rights of every child to a safe, healthy and happy childhood.
As a first step in piloting CFCI in select cities in the United States, UNICEF USA co-hosted an expert workshop in Jacksonville, FL May, 2019, along with UNICEF Canada, UNICEF global, and NGO partners working on CFCI. In attendance were Mayors, government officials, academics and civil society members. The meeting validated the high level of interest in CFCI among cities while laying the groundwork for building a learning community to assist in the development of UNICEF USA’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative in the United States.