Every child should live in a safe environment. In a city where a child can play, learn and grow up. In a city where the government listens and hears what children and adolescents say, guarantee the rights of young citizens and actively involve them in decision making.
What is a child-friendly city?
A child-friendly city is a global initiative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which calls on the governments to implement the rights of the child in each city.
Our initiative brings together governments, public and private organizations, educational institutions, the media, and most importantly, children and adolescents - all those who want to make cities the best environment for the younger generation.
Why is it important?
Children are individuals
Every child has an opinion, desires, and needs, which they have the right to express as equally as adults.
Children are our future
It is important to provide them with the opportunity to learn, develop and participate in the life of society already today, not in the future.
Children want to be heard
The opinion of children and adolescents on important issues is often not taken seriously or not taken into account at all. However, any political or public decision affects the younger generation in one way or another.
What does it mean to live in a child-friendly city?
Such cities provide conditions for the full, healthy and happy life of children and teenagers.
Children are able to:
- Influence decisions concerning their life in the city;
- Express opinion on how they would like to see their city;
- Participate in the family, social, cultural life of the city;
- Have access to healthcare, education, and housing;
- Be protected from violence and abuse;
- Walk and move within the city without risk to life;
- Play with friends, have space for games;
- Live in a city with an unpolluted environment;
- Have equal chances in life, regardless of nationality, religion, gender, health or other characteristics.
Child-friendly cities in Belarus
25 Belarusian cities have joined the “Child-friendly City” initiative since 2008. They are improving lives of the youth now, recognizing and ensuring implementation of children's rights.