While Growing Up Boulder has been supporting youth engagement for 13 years, and the city’s Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) brings teen voices to city planning, the structural support from the UNICEF CFCI Framework of Action offers a new way to bring city departments together to align efforts and further reach populations that experience structural and systemic inequities. Becoming an official UNICEF Child Friendly City would allow Boulder to be formally recognized for our work and elevate our impact to the next level.
A city's commitment to children doesn't end once it is recognized as a UNICEF Child Friendly City; instead, it continues to build upon the relationships and plans it developed during the recognition process to advance young people's well-being. Additionally, the City of Boulder has the option to renew its collaboration with UNICEF USA after recognition by committing to future program cycles and adopting a new action plan to deepen, sustain and expand efforts from the first action plan.
UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative is guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – i.e., as human beings with a distinct set of rights, instead of as passive objects of care and charity.
To date, 196 countries have become State Parties to the Convention. The United States has not ratified the Convention. CFCI is, however, a valuable way for local communities across the US to signify a commitment to the spirit and ideals behind the Convention.
Though the MOU is signed with UNICEF USA, formal recognition is as a UNICEF Child Friendly City.