Municipality of Isfahan pioneer in realizing child-friendly city

The Deputy Mayor of Isfahan for Urban Planning and Architecture said, "Children's participation in urban planning is one of the best ways to achieve child-friendly environments."

Iran (IMNA) - "Realizing a child-friendly city will not be possible without the cooperation of governmental, private and local administrations," Vahid Mahdavian said in a public meeting with the managers of pilot child-friendly cities administrations.

He added, "Identifying the organizational capacities that are directly and indirectly involved in making child-friendly cities, and receiving support for defining joint and ongoing actions will increase the effectiveness of measures in society."

Isfahan Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning and Architecture noted, "UNICEF, on initiative by child-friendly cities, seeks to support the actions taken by city officials and local communities becoming child-friendly places, and encourage stakeholders on children's rights to pay more attention to the needs of children and teenagers as well as their involvement in decision making. "

Noting that one of the best ways to achieve child-friendly environments is the participation of children and adolescents in the construction and planning of child-friendly cities, as well as their involvement in the developing, designing, decision-making processes. We hope that Iran will be introduced as a child-friendly country on the international scene following these measures. "

Asma Nekouei, the head of Isfahan's child-friendly city administration, while presenting the annual report on the performance of the secretariat of Isfahan's child-friendly city, said, "Child participation is one of the fundamental principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which will be realized by creating a child-friendly city."

She added that the active participation of children, including marginalized and vulnerable ones, is essential to ensure that the policies and services, and the facilities that children use are a reflection of concerns, opinions and priorities.

The head of Isfahan's child-friendly city administration continued, "The age group of children and teenagers receives more attention than other users of urban spaces because they are in a more vulnerable and sensitive stage of life, and interaction with the environment will play a significant role in their future."

Nekouei emphasized, "urban planning would attain the objectives of a child-friendly city, if the demands and needs of all citizens are observed according to the age requirement."

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