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'African Cities without Street Children Campaign' Puts Children at Core of Continent’s Urban Policies

Marrakesh  -  
The "African Cities without Street Children Campaign", officially launched by HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, Chairwoman of the National Observatory for Children's Rights, on the occasion of the 8th Africities Summit in Marrakesh, is a continental initiative that puts children at the very core of urban development policies, beside being part and parcel of the Sustainable Development Goals global agenda.
'African Cities without Street Children Campaign' Puts Children at Core of Continent’s Urban Policies
24 November 2018

 Kicked off by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa in partnership with the National Observatory for Children's Rights, this initiative aims to tackle a common African problem related to the vulnerability and precariousness of street children and raise the awareness of government officials and elected representatives in Africa, according to a decentralized approach on child protection.

This campaign initiated in response to the call by the standing committee for gender equality of the UCLG and the Network of locally elected women in Africa (REFELA), will be implemented as a fully-fledged operational initiative in African cities with the aim to guarantee the protection, the dignity and rehabilitation of street children.

Through this new national and continental dynamic, African cities and local authorities will commit themselves to setting up mechanisms and a plan of action to protect and reintegrate street children.

Within the framework of this pan-African campaign, the National Observatory for Children's Rights has announced a concrete commitment on the part of Morocco by launching this dynamic at the national level and by making of Rabat “A City Without Street Children”, thus inspiring and leading the way for other Moroccan and African cities.

This national commitment launched from Rabat will mobilize officials, public and private stakeholders and civil society representatives, in order to live up to the challenge of making Rabat a trailblazing city as well as an inspiring model for the Kingdom and Africa.

Every city engaged in this endeavor will have to devise and implement a strategy adequately adapted to the reintegration of street children. The National Observatory for Children's Rights will provide the expertise while the UNICEF and international cooperation will bring in technical expertise as well as funding.

HM King Mohammed VI sent a message, on Saturday, to the participants in the 8th Africities Summit in Marrakesh, on the occasion of the launch of the "African Cities without Street Children Campaign".

In this message, read out by HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, HM King Mohammed VI commended the launch of "African Cities without Street Children Campaign" and particularly its equivalent pilot initiative in Morocco, "Rabat: City without Street Children".

“My ambition, through this campaign, is to mobilize as many African cities and territories as possible so that tangible actions may be implemented and a concrete national and continental dynamic set in motion”, said His Majesty in this message.

Last modified : 24 November 2018

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