Summary report of the situation analysis of the children and adolescents in Da Nang
A rights-based and equity-focused analysis
In 2019, Da Nang became the second city in Viet Nam to officially join the Child Friendly City Initiative (CFCI) following Ho Chi Minh City, with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). A Child Friendly City is a community in which the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children are an integral part of public policies, programmes and decisions1. Within the CFCI, Da Nang aspires to better implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as Viet Nam’s Law on Children (2016), and turn them into tangible, meaningful and measurable results.
To be fully recognized as a CFCI, Da Nang will undergo a rigorous assessment. The Situation Analysis of Children and Adolescents in Da Nang is the city’s first step in such a journey and applies a rights-based approach to analyze the key progress, trends and gaps on child rights using the latest data. A key objective of the Situation Analysis is to support an evidence-based approach to development of the city’s Socio-Economic Development Plan 2021-2025, City Programme of Action on Children 2021-2030 linked with city urban planning. The inclusion of key targets and indicators on children in such policies and plans guides the allocation of budgets and supports an inclusive process involving a wide range of stakeholders, especially children. These efforts will collectively contribute towards the goal of making the city more child friendly and accelerate progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).