Kyiv, 11 December 2018 – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), jointly with the Government of Ukraine, announced the list of Ukrainian cities and communities qualified to receive the Candidate Status under the UNICEF global program Children and Youth Friendly City.
- The list includes:
the cities of Odesa, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Uman (Cherkasy oblast), Kremenchuk (Poltava oblast) and Druzhkivka (Donetsk oblast);
- the amalgamated territorial communities (ATC) – Bilozirka in Cherkasy oblast, Biliaivka in Odesa oblast, Nova Borova in Zhytomyr oblast, Nova Znamianka in Poltava oblast, and Novoukrainka in Kirovohrad oblast.
Ukrainian municipalities are granted a status of a candidate city within the framework of the UNICEF global initiative launched in 1996, which is currently implemented in 38 countries all over the world. The initiative has already covered 3,000 municipalities. In Ukraine, it was launched in spring 2018 when the Memorandum between UNICEF, the Government of Ukraine and partners was signed.
“At present, more than 160 communities from all regions of the country have expressed their wish to join ‘Child and Youth Friendly Initiative”. 22 municipalities are among the leaders of the Initiative. It is nice that among the communities there are both million-city cities and newly established OTGs. Out of 22 municipalities 11 have made significant progress. They developed Situational Analysis, designed and approved Action Plans and qualified to receive CANDIDATE STATUS today. We congratulate them today”, highlights Laura Bill, Deputy UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.
According to the requirements, a municipality can only become a candidate city of the Children and Youth Friendly City Initiative after it develops and officially approves an Action Plan on the implementation of the Initiative.
Over the next two or three years, the municipalities will focus on implementation of their Action Plans. Following this, UNICEF will evaluate the progress. If the outcomes are deemed appropriate, the municipality will receive an honorary status of a Children and Youth Friendly City.
UNICEF Children and Youth Friendly City Initiative is a global movement that unites local governments, civil society and private sector in finding consensus over key directions to strengthen well-being of all children and young people. In Ukraine, the Initiative partners are the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Ministry of Regional Development, Building, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, Ukrainian Association of Local Self-Government Bodies “Association of Ukrainian Cities,” Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Children’s Rights, Association of Amalgamated Territorial Communities and National Youth Council of Ukraine.
Children and Youth Friendly City Initiative entails the advocacy of five basic rights of the child, including the right to be heard, right to healthcare, education, social welfare, right to security, right to childhood, right to recognition and fair treatment. The municipalities that will effectively promote the rights of the child and youth and deliver on their Action Plans will be awarded an official status that will enable them to closely cooperate with other children and youth friendly communities both from Ukraine and abroad, and attract investments, first and foremost, investments in social projects.
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