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Xàbia (Javea) in Alicante, Spain has just received the “Child-friendly Town” certificate awarded by UNICEF

Xàbia has received the certificate as a “Child-friendly Town” granted by UNICEF to local administrations who are committed to fulfilling the rights of girls, boys and adolescents in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Xàbia Town Hall applied for this seal officially in the course of a plenary session in December 2017 and as a result, UNICEF carried out a follow-up visiting the municipality to assess whether, in effect, its actions in relation to childhood and adolescence were adopted to the required standards, such as the promotion of child participation, the creation of municipal childhood plans, promoting policies for the benefit of children and promoting networking among the members of the initiative.

The Councillor for Children, Montse Villaverde, pointed out that Xàbia has been promoting these types of initiatives since 2011, such as the ‘Consell dels Xiquets’, the support for all the actions that encourage the involvement of schoolchildren in municipal life, the plan ‘Pas’, and the development of a strategic plan for children and adolescents in the municipality.

Obtaining the seal of a “Ciudad Amiga de la Infancia” is for Villaverde “in addition to great joy, great support and the motivation to continue working towards this goal, ensuring that children are not only the citizens of the future but of the present and who play an active part in local development “.

These awards, which reward administrations and governments that develop strategies for the well-being of children, defend their rights, encourage their participation and make cities more liveable environments especially for the youngest, will be presented on November 27th in Oviedo.


Link to Xabia Town Hall article here



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