The ‘Child-Friendly Cities and Municipalities’ Initiative
Child-Friendly Cities is a global UNICEF initiative that was launched in 1996 with the aim to establish towns and municipalities fit for children, because the welfare of children represents an important indicator of a healthy environment, democratic society and good governance.
The initiative was started in Croatia by the union of societies ‘Our Children’ at the end of 1999. This was done under the auspices of UNICEF, who provided funding for its implementation.
The initiative was officially launched on 20 November of the same year and marked the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since then, the initiative has been implemented by the Central Coordinating Committee of ‘Child Friendly-Cities and Municipalities’. The committee is comprised of representatives of the union of societies ‘Our Children’ and the Croatian Society for Preventive and Social Paediatrics.