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Child Friendly Cities in the East Asia and Pacific Region

In the East Asia and Pacific region, UNICEF has been at the forefront of promoting the Child Friendly Cities (CFC) concept since 1999, generating growing interest in recent years with more than 150 Asian cities involved. The UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) has supported cities and communities in their commitment to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and achieve results for all children. UNICEF works on translating commitments into impactful actions for every child by actively engaging with mayors and local governments, considering the voices and needs of children, prioritizing inclusive planning and financing, and facilitating participatory decision-making processes.

The report ‘Child Friendly Cities in the East Asia and Pacific Region: A Regional Overview of Modalities, Practices, and Instances to Shape Inclusive and Sustainable Cities for Children’ explores the various modalities, practices, and contexts in which East Asian governments, in collaboration with UNICEF, are working together to set up and build Child Friendly Cities. Central to these strategies is the vision of shaping cities that are secure, inclusive, and sustainable, ensuring the holistic development, welfare, and safety of children.

The objective of the report is to strengthen child-friendly urban environments by sharing knowledge, strategies, and best practices. To do so, the report describes experiences from CFC in Malaysia, Mongolia, Viet Nam, China, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The varying decentralization contexts of East Asian and Pacific countries show that there are different modalities to promote CFC to strengthen the realization of child rights locally.