Child in the City

10/27/2010 – 10/29/2010

Florence, Italy

The 5th Child in the City Conference will further build on the ideas of the former events by adressing the following themes:

Poverty of children
Child poverty is not only a problem for the Southern countries: much poverty hits children in the Northern part of the world as well. At all political levels, including the local level, authorities should be aware of this problem and take appropriate measures. We are looking for good practices on this theme.

Assessment tools
Assessing the degree of 'child friendliness' of cities and communities is a key element in Child Friendly Cities efforts. To respond to this need, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, in partnership with Childwatch International, have developed and tested assessment tools in 11 countries. In addition to this international approach, some national networks and many cities have developed their own assessment tools.

Participation means being part of society. Children and young people do not have to wait until they are adults to be real citizens and to be active community members. Almost all local authorities have been developing initiatives to promote the citizenship of children and youngsters. How far are they going with regard to participation and how do they put participation into practice?

Right to play
No behaviour is more characteristic of children than playing. For that reason the right to play means the right to be a child. The availability of space is an important matter, but also the time to be allowed to play and thus tolerance. Concrete local initiatives will inspire other local partners.

For more information, please contact:

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