31 May 2021

Children and young people are counting on local elections

As the representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund in the country, I am reaching out to everyone that is considering running for local office in the October elections. When preparing your electoral platforms be inspired and guided by the wish to make your municipalities a better place for children and youth. Children and youth have  the…, Access to good quality local services, Research shows that access to quality early childhood development and learning programmes is critical for success in education, as well as for well-being, employability and social integration. That is why the European Union has set a target of 95% pre-school coverage, with focus on quality. Yet, just 20% of children in rural areas of the country…, Children and youth with disabilities, The electoral campaign will be a great opportunity for you to present your plans on how to remove the barriers – not just physical, but also attitudinal barriers – that prevent children and young people with disabilities to equally participate in all ways of life in the local community. Commit that you will ensure that public transport is…, Environment and climate change, Environmental problems are clouding the future of children and young people. They have the right to develop and grow without worrying about their health being ruined by pollution. Surveys with young people show that concerns about the environment influences young people’s desire to migrate to other countries. The upcoming elections provide an…