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Serhii Morhunov: Vinnytsia Has Received the Official Status of Child and Youth Friendly Community

14 January 2022, 11:28

On December 7, Vinnytsia received the official status of UNICEF Child and Youth Friendly Community. Our city became one of the first in Ukraine to be awarded an honorary title. The international award was presented during the Children 2021 summit in Kyiv. The mayor Serhii Morhunov wrote about it on his Facebook page.

"It is a great responsibility for us to be part of a global network of communities that create a child and youth friendly environment. This UNICEF global initiative unites 35 municipalities in Ukraine and more than 3,000 in the world," said Serhii Morhunov.

The decision to grant Vinnytsia the honorary status was made by the Council of Partners of the Child Friendly Cities Initiative. This was preceded by the city's accession to the Initiative in 2018, the adoption of an action plan and an independent audit of its implementation.

"It is important that every child in Vinnytsia feels protected and has all the conditions for full and inclusive development – in kindergartens, schools, interest clubs and sports sections, to make them comfortable in their hometown. This is the priority of our team," said Mayor Serhii Morhunov. "I am grateful to the UNICEF partners for recognizing the success of the community, and we look forward to further cooperation."

Participation in the Initiative opens up opportunities for the Foundation to support new ideas in the field of youth policy. The key areas of work on the development of a comfortable environment for children and youth are reflected in the Vinnytsia 3.0 Strategy. Receiving the UNICEF Child and Youth Friendly Community reaffirms that the community is confident in building a sustainable future for every child and young person in Greater Vinnytsia.

In 2018, Vinnytsia became a participant in the global initiative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Child and Youth Friendly Community. On October 5, 2018, a Memorandum of Intent and Cooperation was signed between the Office of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine and Vinnytsia City Council. On December 11, 2018 in Kyiv at the All-Ukrainian Forum organized by UNICEF in Ukraine, Vinnytsia received the status of a candidate for child and youth friendly communities.

In 2019, Vinnytsia won the prestigious Child Friendly Cities Inspire Awards among the most child-friendly cities in the world. With this award, UNICEF recognizes the most creative, innovative and inspiring urban solutions for child and youth development.

The project of the school budget of participation has brought the victory to Vinnytsia, which became the best example in the world of involving children in the city government. The implementation of this competition is funded from the city budget in order to implement the ideas of students aimed at improving school life.

Child and Youth Friendly Community is a UNICEF initiative to support local authorities in their children's rights. The initiative has been implemented globally since 1996. Together with Vinnytsia, Bakhmut and Lviv became the first Ukrainian communities to receive the official status of a participant in the Initiative.

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