Regional Conference on making cities work for children and young people begins in Athens


Press briefing

07 November 2019

Athens, GREECE, 6 November 2019

WHAT: Mayors for children and youth in Europe and Central Asia – Making cities work for their youngest residents – is a two-day conference beginning in Athens today, which brings together 50 Mayors and other municipal officials from across Europe and Central Asia.

This is the first conference of its kind in the Region, and will focus on how cities can:

  • Finance local services for children and families
  • Strengthen child health and well-being
  • Work to ensure children and young people are learning
  • Build a supportive and protective environment
  • Ensure young people can participate in local decision-making

WHY: Children’s lives and futures are heavily influenced by decisions taken at the local level.

Municipal governments have a central role in protecting children’s rights by ensuring all children and young people have access to services, are protected from shocks and stresses, and can participate in decisions that affect their lives.

The two-day conference provides an opportunity for mayors, municipal officials and experts from across the Region to share and learn about innovative programmes and approaches supporting children and young people, while building partnerships to strengthen work that is already being done.

The Mayors for children and youth in Europe and Central Asia – Making cities work for their youngest residents conference coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

WHO: Press conference speakers include;

  • Mr. Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of the City of Athens
  • Ms. Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe
  • Ms. Maria Alexandrova, Inclusive Education Advocate

WHEN: Monday, 12 November, 2019 / 10:15 – 10:45 AM 

WHERE: Town Hall - Municipality of Athens, 63, Athinas Street, Athens Greece.

Media Contacts

Olga Siokou –Siova

UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Response in Greece

UNICEF Greece

Tel: +30 211 2340 297

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