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‘Child-Friendly Cities’ in Morocco
Detail: Morocco commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by signing a commitment aimed at creating a ‘Child-Friendly City’ (CFC) by 2011. The launch of this new initiative is the conclusion of a long effort, which began in 2002, between the Ministry of Interior and UNICEF, and with the municipalities at the local level. The commitment was made during a ceremony chaired by President of the National Observatory of the Rights of the Child, Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco.

The presidents of five municipalities said they want to join the CFC to help design and implement municipal development plans that will take into account the priorities of children and youth. These municipalities include rural and urban areas to reflect the diversity of children’s various environments. The CFC will also promote children’s education and citizenship as well as community integration and participation.

Developed with UNICEF support, the CFC initiative aims to involve villages, towns and cities in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the management of local affairs. The CFC initiative provides universal references that have been adapted to the context of Morocco.

Date: January 15 2010