The Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses of Oviedo has welcomed this morning the delivery of the VIII Child Friendly Cities Recognitions, with the Municipality of Oviedo as host and with the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), the University Institute of Needs and Rights of Children and Adolescents (IUNDIA), and UNIC Spanish Committee, allied entities of the initiative.
The first deputy mayor of Campos del Río, Antonia López, has attended the ceremony to collect on behalf of all the camperos and camperas the recognition of 'Ciudad Amiga de la Infancia 2018'.
In this edition, 114 local governments have been awarded for the first time, while 80 have renewed their commitment to children and 25 projects have received recognition of Good Practices in Children's Rights and Municipal Policy.
The president of the UNICEF Spanish Committee, Gustavo Suárez Pertierra, thanked the entities that have received these awards "the political commitment to children in the medium and long term, and the path of real transformation undertaken by and with children".
The event, attended by some 500 people, was attended by the Mayor of Oviedo, Wenceslao López;
the Minister of Services and Social Rights of the Principality of Asturias, Pilar Varela;
the president of UNICEF Principality of Asturias Committee, María José Platero;
the director of IUNDIA, MÂª de los Ángeles Espinosa;
the mayor of Navia, Ignacio García, on behalf of the FEMP;
the president of the UNICEF Spanish Committee, Gustavo Suárez Pertierra;
the first vice president of the UNICEF Spanish Committee, Juan Ramón García-Secades, and the presidents of the autonomous committees of the UNICEF Spanish Committee.
With these acknowledgments and the inclusion of Campos del Río, the network of Child Friendly Cities grows from 170 to 274 local governments throughout the Spanish territory, that is, from today more than 41% of children in Spain they live in localities where local governments commit themselves, within their management, to putting children's rights at the center of their public activity as they have been since the beginning of the legislature in the municipality of Campero.
These awards recognize local governments that design public policies based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which promote child and adolescent participation, and that promote partnerships for children at the municipal level.
The mayor of Campos del Río, María José Pérez Cerón, thanked UNICEF for granting this very important recognition of an international nature.
"Recognizes the daily management of this Government Team that was marked as a priority objective when we arrived at the City Council, the effective development of policies focused on and aimed at the protection and promotion of Children and Adolescents in Campos del Río, as children and young are our seed and our future;
more than enough reasons to continue fighting for and for them from all areas and jointly with all the actors of society, local, regional and central government.
This award received by the municipality and which implies the beginning of a process of high responsibility for the town hall under an itinerary of learning and continuous improvement to develop over time the local policies and initiatives that favor the real implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as continue implementing policies and measures of action that improve the welfare of children and adolescents in Campos del Río ".
The delivery of these awards is the culmination of a preparation process that has taken several years.
However, it is not the end, but one more step to promote the rights of Children.
The award-winning municipal government today receives a recognition, valid for the next four years, which commits it to carry out the actions endowed with resources and provided for in the local plan for Children of the municipality, as well as to listen to the opinions of children that make up their local councils of child and adolescent participation in all the issues that affect them in their day to day and in their future development.
Child Friendly Cities Program
The Child Friendly Cities Program, led by UNICEF Spanish Committee since 2001, seeks to contribute to improving the living conditions of children and adolescents through the promotion and implementation of municipal policies that guarantee their integral development with a focus of rights.
All local governments recognized as Child Friendly Cities have launched a Local Childhood Plan that targets the 5 objectives of the initiative, so that cities are places where children: have access to quality social services (health and education), they live in a clean and safe environment, they can enjoy their family life, play and leisure, are respected and treated in a fair way in their neighborhoods and their needs are taken into account in laws, policies and decisions that affect them.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Campos del Rio