Dushanbe Joins UNICEF Cologne Child Friendly Cities Mayors’ Declaration

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DUSHANBE, The Deputy Chairman of Dushanbe Mavsuma Muini together with other representatives of cities of the world signed the Cologne Child Friendly Cities Mayors' Declaration, which implies the creation of conditions for a safe and healthy lifestyle for children and young people, reports Khovar's correspondent Said Ali.

The signing ceremony took place at the first international Child Friendly Cities Summit, which was held in Cologne, Germany, form October 15 through October 18. The signatories include the Mayors of Cologne (Germany), Recife (Brazil), Lima (Peru), Madrid (Spain), Tirana (Albania) Seoul (South Korea), Surabaya (Indonesia), Odessa (Ukraine), Kollet (Guinea), Montpellier (France) and others.

The Cologne Declaration follows the manifesto Our cities, our lives, our future. The manifesto defines the measures by which children must live in a safe environment.

The document implies the creation of a safe and healthy society for children, where their rights and basic needs will be satisfied and accepted. Children's needs should be reflected in legislation, policies, budgets and decisions of city authorities.

The head of Children's Rights Department of the Executive Office of the President of Tajikistan Zafar Safaralizoda, Deputy Chairman of Dushanbe Mavsuma Muini, as well as a specialist on adolescents' issues of the UNICEF Office in Tajikistan Usnoro Dodikhudoeva represented the country's capital at the fourm.

The summit brought together more than 550 participants, including mayors, their deputies, local leaders, technical experts, children and youth from more than 60 countries in order to discuss innovative approaches to realizing and enhancing children's rights at a local level.

According to UNICEF, currently, nearly a third of the four billion people living in cities are children. It is estimated that by 2050, almost 7 out of 10 children in the world will live in large, medium and small cities.

Since 1996 UNICEF's Child Friendly Cities Initiative supports cities and communities worldwide to advance children's rights at the local level. Today, the initiative reaches approximately 30 million children in 40 countries worldwide.

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative was adopted in Istanbul in 1996 in response to a UN resolution on human settlements, which stated that the well-being of children is a key indicator of social welfare.

The project was later supported by UNICEF and began to actively develop since 1998. It is currently being implemented in more than 900 cities around the world. The main goal of this program is to help each city and the participating region to become more child-friendly in all aspects of management, infrastructure and services as well as to integrate the most vulnerable categories of children and young people into society.

Source: National Information Agency of Tajikistan