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Vileika is latest city to join global Child-Friendly City scheme

Vileika in Belarus is the latest city to become part of UNICEF’s global Child-Friendly City initiative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that on June 1 Vileika hosted an event to mark Children’s Day, organised by the National Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals and UNICEF, reports the Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA).

At this event Vileika signed an agreement to join the Child-Friendly City initiative, while 50 pulse oximeters were donated to Vileika District Hospital. This example of humanitarian aid, says the ministry, is meant to help Belarus combat the coronavirus, and is also part of the international technical assistance project to support the process of achieving the country’s sustainable development aims.

‘The well-being of children is the ultimate indicator of a healthy habitat’

In 1996 the Child Friendly Cities Initiative was launched to act on the resolution passed during the second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II).The Conference declared that the well-being of children is the ultimate indicator of a healthy habitat.

A total of 28 Belarusian cities, including Minsk, Gomel, Brest, Grodno and Mogilev are now part of the initiative. These cities run programs and policies that seek to reduce the risks that children face in urban areas.

Click here to read more about UNICEF’s global Child-Friendly Cities initiative, and a list of all participating cities.

Author: Simon Weedy

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