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Odesa becomes the first Ukrainian city with one million residents to sign the memorandum in the frame of "Child and Youth Friendly Municipality" Initiative

ODESA, Ukraine, 24 July 2018 - On 24 July, Odesa municipality has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the frame of the Global Child and Youth Friendly Municipality Initiative.

The memorandum defines participation of Odesa in the implementation of the "Child and Youth Friendly Municipality" initiative, as well as envisions methodological and technical assistance from the UNICEF side. Memorandum is the first step to receive the "Child and Youth Friendly Municipality" status.

To get the honorary status of the Child and Youth Friendly Municipality, the cities have to meet certain procedures, including the analysis of the state of child and youth in the community, preparation and adoption of the action plan, which will contribute to creating a clean, safe and comfortable environment for the life and development of children and young people. After the implementation of this plan, the community will go through an independent evaluation process, and in case of a successful implementation of the plan, it will be awarded the "Child and Youth Friendly Municipality" status.

In total, nearly 160 cities and communities from all over Ukraine have submitted their applications to participate in the initiative and Odesa was shortlisted in the first group.

Ms. Laura Bill, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, highlights: "Odesa is a long-standing partner city of UNICEF in many areas related to child well-being. It is not surprising to see the city of Odesa among the first cohort of municipalities that joined ‘Child and Youth Friendly Programme’. For us, this means not only the high level of commitment from the local authorities to invest in children with focus on the most disadvantaged but also readiness of the city to act in a comprehensive and sustainable manner”.

Mr. Gennadiy Trukhanov, Odesa Mayor, underlines: "Creating a child friendly community is not a target but rather a process of practical transformations which Odessa is undertaking for the last four years. Today local authorities are doing all possible to improve the life of the young generation. We are creating empowering conditions for sustainable development, healthcare, sports, recreation and other areas of development. I am convinced that this initiative will open new opportunities for young residents of Odesa and lead to implementation of larger social projects in the city".

About Child and Youth Friendly Municipality Programme

The Child and Youth Friendly Municipality initiative is a global movement that brings together local authorities, civil society and business to reach consensus in key areas for the well-being of all children and young people. Since 1996, more than 3000 municipal districts have joined the program in 38 countries on five continents. The "Child and Youth Friendly Municipality" initiative now covers more than 30 million children worldwide.

On 29 March 2018, UNICEF signed the memorandum with the Government of Ukraine and partners in the frame of the Global Child and Youth Friendly Municipality Initiative in Ukraine.

Partners of the initiative in Ukraine include United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine; Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine; Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine; All-Ukrainian Association of Local Governments “Association of Ukrainian Cities”; Association of local self-government bodies “Association of consolidated territorial communities”; Public union “National Youth Council of Ukraine”.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with its partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate this commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit:   Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information, please contact: Nina Sorokopud, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Ukraine, +38 050 388 29 51,



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