Child Friendly City
This program aims to make every city and neighborhood more child-friendly in all aspects of governance, infrastructure and services and to integrate the most vulnerable children and youth into society
In Kazakhstan, as in any large and developed country in the world, many current development trends are relevant: rapid urbanization, growing government responsibilities to residents in the context of decentralized government, growing importance of cities and towns in the country’s political and economic systems. To safeguard the interests of every child in the development process, UNICEF is implementing the International Child Friendly City Initiative in Kazakhstan.
The main objective of this program is to help each city and neighborhood to become more child-friendly in all aspects of governance, infrastructure and services and to integrate the most vulnerable children and youth into society.
In Kazakhstan, the International “Child Friendly City” Initiative is implemented by the Children's Rights Protection Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and with the support of the National Commission for Women’s Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The first cities to join the initiative in 2008–2009 were Aksu, Almaly district of Almaty, Pavlodar, Satpayev, Saran, Semey, and Oskemen.
Currently, the initiative is supported by 21 cities and 4 districts of the country, including Astana, Aktobe, Aksay, Aktau, Atyrau, Balkhash, Karagandy, Kyzylorda, Kokshetau, Kostanay, Petropavlovsk, Stepnogorsk, Tekkeli, Shymkent, Ekibastuz, and also Abai, Nura and Osakarov districts of the Karaganda Region.
In November 2015, Astana, Kyzylorda, Ekibastuz as well as Almaly and Nura districts received the honorary title of “Child Friendly City/District” which will be assigned for two years.