Child-friendly Cities Are The Future

CHILD FRIENDLY:  Information on gaining coveted status 

Towns with a special status 
TEULADA-MORAIRA’S Youth and Childhood councillor Aitor Llobell recently attended the Child-friendly Cities’ symposium held in Alcoy. 
Child-friendly Cities is an international UNICEF initiative that promotes the rights of children and adolescents at local level in accordance with the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. 
In Spain this has been headed since 2001 by UNICEF’s Spanish Committee, the Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) and the Institute of Children and Adolescents’ Needs and Rights.  
Representatives from 15 Valencian Community municipalities attended the symposium which was organised by UNICEF and the town halls of Teulada-Moraira, Alcoy and Javea, the only Alicante province towns with Child-friendly status. 
Rosa Molera, the Generalitat’s director general for Childhood and Adolescence explained recent advances in the regional government’s strategies aimed specifically at the young. 
Participants included technical personnel and professionals dedicated to the welfare of children and adolescents who discussed their experiences and initiatives that include organising children’s councils and implementing local plans for the under-18s. 
They also learnt more about the procedures required of candidate towns that hope to be declared Child-Friendly. 

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