Today, nearly one in three people living in cities and towns is a child. Many will experience poverty, inequality, environmental hazards and conflict. While there are benefits for some, millions of poor urban children are more likely to die before their fifth birthday than those in rural areas. All children should feel safe, heard and nurtured in their neighbourhoods, cities and communities.
To mark World Children’s Day on 1 June, UNICEF Ukraine gave youngsters across the country the opportunity to tell local, national and global leaders what they would like to change in their cities. Teenagers also spoke out on social media about their rights and how they stand up for them.
Their thoughts will be heard by governments and policy makers at the upcoming Child and Youth Friendly City Summit in Germany.