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UNICEF helps HCM City build children-friendly city

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on March 30 announced the children-friendly city initiative for the 2017-2021 period to help Ho Chi Minh City build itself into a children-friendly city.

The project costs 6.3 million USD, 6 million USD of which is sourced from the UNICEF and the remaining from the State budget.

Accordingly, HCM City must build a children-friendly legal framework and a strategy on children’s rights, establish a committee on children’s rights and earmark funding for children.

UNICEF Acting Vice Chief Representative in Vietnam Friday Nwaigwe said HCM City is the 52nd city globally to launch the project, adding that under the UNICEF’s criteria, a children-friendly city is a place where children’s voice, demands, priorities and rights are incorporated into the city’s policies, programmes and decisions, ensuring that no any child is left behind.

Director of the municipal Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Le Minh Tan vowed to build a children-friendly city in the key fields of sustainable socio-economic development and environment, towards creating a safe, friendly and healthy environment to better perform children’s rights.

The project will be carried out across the city, with priority given to districts with many migrant children and outlying areas, thus improving their lives and narrowing development gap.