Iran's Ministry of Interior, UNICEF initiated joint effort to develop child-friendly cities

Iran's Interior Ministry and the UNICEF's Representative Office in Tehran renewed their collaborative program with the aim of strengthening national efforts to implement the Child Friendly Cities National Initiative.

Iran (IMNA) - This re-cooperation action project will be implemented in Isfahan as the first child-friendly candidate city in Iran as well as other child-friendly pilot cities including Evez, Bandar Abbas, Tabriz, Tehran, Rasht, Semnan, Shiraz, Kerman, Gorgan, Mashhad, Hameda and, Yazd. Identifying, developing and implementing child-centered guidelines for emergency preparedness and instant response to Covid-19 at the national and provincial levels have been also take into consideration against this background.

The new joint endeavor, which will be forced into effect by the end of 2022, was inked by Rahim Saki, the former director of the Information and International Affairs Center of the Ministry of Interior, and Ms. Mandeep O'Brien, UNICEF chief secretary in Iran.

Prior to this, Isfahan was selected as a member of the Supreme Court for Policy-Making of the first symposium on the utopian child friendly city. The general objects of the symposium was to enhance the knowledge of local and national policy making authorities on child rights to build their capacity to increase child-friendly budgets and set up plans to monitor progress for children at national level. The symposium offered a framework for elaborating and executing policies responsive to the needs of children.

Isfahan was picked as a pilot city for UNICEF Child-Friendly City Initiative ( CFCI) in 2018 in the wake of a performance evaluation. During this period, the Municipality of Isfahan compiled a report on the situation of children and performed an executive action plan under 10 steps in this field through the interaction of stakeholders. Against this background, the city of Isfahan was awarded the UNICEF CFCI logo in coordination with the Ministry of Interior and UNICEF.

The purpose of UNICEF, the world's leading advocate for children, is to improve the quality of life for children and stand out for their success in all areas. It seeks to establish the value of respect for children, hear their voices and also pursue their rights in global policy-making through creating child friendly cities.

Elahe Seyfodin

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