10th Child in the City World Conference


Welcome to the 10th Child in the City World Conference – Making Connections!

Who should attend:

  • Children’s rights advocates
  • National, regional and local authority officers
  • Youth and play workers
  • Planners
  • Urban designers
  • Children’s geographers
  • Playground designers and producers
  • Sustainability champions
  • Public health campaigners
  • Researchers
  • University lecturers and students
  • UN officials
  • NGO representatives
  • Policy makers
The International Child in the City Foundation, Dublin City Council and the Irish Department of Children and Youth Affairs invite you to attend the 10th edition of the Child in the City World Conference, to be held from 15-17 September 2020 in the beautiful city of Dublin.
Child in the City
Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs
Dublin City Council

COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of our delegates, partners, speakers and employees is of utmost importance to us. The Child in the City Foundation keeps track of the developments around the COVID-19 virus on a daily basis and follows the recommendations of the governments in the countries where we organise our events.

Keynote speakers include:

The world conference, which takes place every two years, is a key opportunity for children’s professionals, city planners, social workers, academics, designers and policymakers to share knowledge, good practice and research findings from the various disciplines that are important to the shared aim of creating child-friendly cities. Creating dialogue is the most important aspect of the conference.

Keep me informed

For the 10th edition, we have chosen the overarching theme of Making Connections. With this Dublin conference, we aim to make connections between not only children and cities but also different disciplines and professionals, including the connection between the physical and the social domain. Through this approach, we hope to bridge divides and open up new promising perspectives on interdisciplinary approaches to make cities better places for children from all backgrounds.

Within this broad perspective of creating equality of access for all children and youth, the Child in the City conference at Dublin focuses specifically on the following seven themes:


1. Connecting green and play
2. Connecting generations
3. Connecting health and play
4. Connecting children’s mobility and sustainable futures
5. Connecting urban parenting to urban planning
6. Connecting immigrant families to social communities
7. Open topic

Detailed information about the themes can be found here.

About us

Child in the City is an independent foundation. The main objectives of the Child in the City Foundation is to strengthen the position of children in cities, promote and protect their rights and give them space and opportunities to play and enjoy their own social and cultural lives. We do this by providing communications platforms for academics, practitioners and campaigners for children’s rights to disseminate research and good practice.

The foundation observes 5 general guidelines and encourages national and local networks to translate these into specific local policies addressing local points of focus. The general guidelines are an holistic, integral and intergenerational approach; the importance of participation for children and young people; and dynamic trade and continuous challenge.