Albania Child Friendly Cities

The Child-Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI), launched by UNICEF in 1996, supported the challenge of “realizing the rights of children in an increasingly urbanized and decentralized world”. The initiative is based on the capacity of bringing together local stakeholders and UNICEF to create safe, inclusive and child-responsive cities and communities. The importance of cities and communities in policymaking that directly affects children has increased over the past two decades as the world has become an urban planet. Although national governments remain the primary duty bearers for realizing child rights under international law, recent years have witnessed a growing trend among mayors and local governments to support and speak up in favor of the most vulnerable groups living in their municipalities, including children and young people. The National framework for Child Friendly Cities is a paramount process in the development of services and initiatives aimed at supporting the recognition and promotion of the rights of children in a nation-wide perspective. At a local level, the creation of a CFCI framework for the city of Korça (and partially of Tirana) represents the starting and the turning point of an experience that should pave the way for a City aimed at welcoming, supporting and promoting the right of children, and become a best practice for the Country. The Framework will be the conceptual and concrete guideline of the entire process, and thus it will be aligned with the international and national documents concerning CFCI.