‘Going local’ to accelerate results for the most vulnerable children and youth

Report of the 'Mayors for Children' meeting, Greece, 11-12 November 2019

Volodymyr Charushyn, 16, Maria Shatalova, 17, and Fedir Stadnyk, 15, in a dancing room at their education complex for children with hearing disabilities in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on 18 February 2019. These three cheerful friends are working on building a bridge between hearing and non-hearing people in their home city with the help of UPSHIFT Ukraine programme.
UNICEF/2019/Kharkiv/Anna Markel


In November 2019, around 40 representatives of urban local governments from 18 countries across Europe and Central Asia Region took part in the “Mayors for Children” meeting, hosted by the City of Athens, Greece. At the first-ever meeting of Mayors in the region that focused especially on programming results for the most excluded children and young people, participants learned more about the critical importance of urban local governments’ targeted programming for the youngest residents in their communities, particularly the most vulnerable.


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