Tirana 31 May,2019- On the eve of the National Children’s Day(1 June), UNICEF in Albania and Tirana Municipality are organizing the International Conference “Child- Friendly Cities” to discuss how to create inclusive places where children play, are healthy, protected, educated, not discriminated and where they can enjoy a cohesive and culturally rich environment.
Today in this Conference, UNICEF brings together global thinkers, high- level professionals and main stakeholders such as Municipality of Tirana, representatives from local government, civil society organizations and more importantly, children themselves who wish to make their cities and communities more child-friendly. The Conference main call is to put children at the center of local planning, which lies at the heart of the Child Friendly City Initiative. Roberto De Bernardi, UNICEF Representative in Albania said: “Having a city fit for all children is a matter of rights. UNICEF has embarked on a child-friendly city global initiative, aspiring to forge safe, inclusive and responsive cities and communities for children, adolescents, youths and families. This year, we are commemorating the 30th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and we advocate stronger than ever the need for child-friendly cities”.Moreover, a child friendly city is also one that allows children to have their say. Through various platforms such as art exhibition and youth poll (U -Report) children also shared their opinions about their lives in cities. This event represents an opportunity for local government, mayors and private sector to get involved in wider initiatives to tackle the barriers to the fulfillment of child rights, such as poverty and discrimination, and to give local communities – particularly children and adolescents – a chance to influence the development of their city.
Child Friendly Cities, child opinions
Child Friendly Cities, child voices
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