12 Cities Piloted for Child Friendly Cities Initiative in Iran
Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) is a joint cooperation in Iran between UNICEF and Ministry of Interior.
Following the Child Friendly City Initiative (CFCI) National Coordination Committee meeting held on June 2, within the framework of the joint cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and UNICEF to roll out the global CFCI programme in Iran, 12 cities have been selected as pilot cities for the CFCI as a result of performance evaluation. The selected cities are (in alphabetical order): Bandar Abbas, Evaz, Gorgan, Hamedan, Kerman, Mashhad, Rasht, Semnan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Tehran, and Yazd. The piloting process will officially start after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the municipalities of the pilot cities and the Ministry of Interior.
A Child Friendly City is a city or a local community where the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children are an integral part of public policies, programmes and decisions. The vision for the global CFCI programme is that “every child and young person enjoys their childhood and youth and reaches their full potential through equal realization of their rights within their cities and communities”. With the support of the local and national governments, NGOs, private sector, media and universities and in collaboration with UNICEF, this initiative covers more than 30 million children in 3000 cities and local communities in over 40 countries.
It is noteworthy to mention that UNICEF CFCI logo and brand are awarded only after the city successfully completes the CFCI Cycle. During the pilot phase, the city is not yet considered a “Child Friendly City” and does not receive the logo or the official recognition.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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