Child Friendly Cities Child & Youth Manifesto

What would child-friendly cities look like, if children were mayors?

UNICEF Iran/2020


Over the course of the nine months leading up to the Child Friendly Cities Summit in Cologne in October 2019, more than 120,000 children and young people from 167 countries (including nearly two thousands children from Iran) shared their perspective on this question. The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) Child and Youth Advisory Board, consisting of almost 70 children and young people from around the world, shared this Manifesto and their recommendations with mayors and local leaders at the Summit on 18 October 2019.

This Child Friendly Cities Manifesto reflects the words and expressions of the children and young people. The children also guided the design of the Manifesto. This is what they have to say to mayors and local leaders.


On the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we are calling for mayors and local leaders to create cities and communities where every child can reach their full potential.

Children and young people are counting on you.

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