Children’s Rights and Habitat: Working Toward Child-Friendly Cities

In Nairobi in 1995, during the second preparatory meeting for the international United Nations Habitat II conference, delegates recognizes that they had been giving insufficient attention in their agenda to the special needs of children for sage, secure and healthy living conditions. A child caucus, composed mainly of non-governmental organizations with Plan International in a leading role, drafted a resolution calling for compliance with children’s rights, including their right to housing.

In response to this resolution, an international group of officials, practitioner, researchers and activities was convened by UNICEF and UNCHS/Habitat on 1 and 2 February 1996 to articulate the habitat conditions necessary to fulfill children’s needs. This meeting was organized with the Children’s Environments Research Group of the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. A document was prepared, entitled Children’s Rights and Habitat.

A slightly abridged version of Children’s Rights and Habitat forms Part I of this booklet. Using Children’s Rights and Habitat as a starting point, participants worked together in regional group to identify the local and regional obstacles to the achievement of child-friendly cities, and to define the strategies and mechanism for overcoming these obstacles. Their conclusions are presenting in Parts II and III of this booklet.

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Title:  Children’s Rights and Habitat: Working Toward Child-Friendly Cities

Author(s): CERG, UNICEF, UNCHS/Habitat

Publication Date: 1996

Publisher: UNICEF