September 29, 2009: Izhevsk has joined the UNICEF Global Initiative “Child Friendly Cities”
Today, the City of Izhevsk has officially declared its intention to become a child-friendly city. The Mayor of the City of Izhevsk and the UNICEF Representative in the Russian Federation have signed the Memorandum of Cooperation.
The aim of this document is to implement the UNICEF Global Initiative “Child Friendly Cities” in the context of the City of Izhevsk and strengthen the mutually beneficial cooperation benefiting children within the general framework of the Programme of Cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of the Russian Federation.
Involvement in the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative facilitates the fulfillment, at the municipal level, of the commitments, assumed by the Russian Federation upon signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The initiative allows cities to adjust their policies to children’s interests and needs, first and foremost, by listening to their views and taking into account their requirements.
The City of Izhevsk is the fourth Russian city after Moscow, St.Petersburg and Krasnodar that has supported this initiative. Regardless of the current difficult economic situation, the financing of social programmes in Izhevsk, the capital of Udmurtiya, has not decreased. The Izhevsk City Administration has adopted an inter-agency municipal targeted programme aimed to protect children. The 2nd regional targeted programme “Children of Udmurtiya” for 2009-2013 is currently being implemented focusing on the quality of services provided to families and children in the sphere of public health care, education, culture and sports. In March 2007, the City Administration established the post of the Izhevsk City Child Rights Ombudsperson and developed and approved a strategic Work Plan based on the principles of the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative. Only a short time ago, in June 2009, the Children’s Parliament was elected, its first session held on September 15.
Having joined the UNICEF Global Initiative, the City of Izhevsk has now the opportunity to start a dialogue on child protection-related issues with other cities, working worldwide within the framework of the same initiative, share its experience and learn about relevant best practices in Russia and other countries.