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'African Cities without Street Children': ONDE Affirms Morocco's Commitment to Make Rabat a Model for Morocco and Africa

Marrakech   -  
The National Observatory for Children's Rights (ONDE) announced Morocco's "concrete commitment" to make Rabat, a city without street children, so that the capital of the Kingdom becomes a pioneering city and a model for Morocco and the entire African continent.
'African Cities without Street Children': ONDE Affirms Morocco's Commitment to Make Rabat a Model for Morocco and Africa
25 November 2018

In a statement issued on the occasion of the official launch of the pan-African campaign "African Cities without Street Children", chaired on Saturday in Marrakech by HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, Chairwoman of ONDE, the Observatory stressed that all "public, private and civil society leaders and actors will be mobilized to make Rabat a pioneering city as well as a model for Morocco and for the continent".

During the launch ceremony of the pan-African campaign, a multi-party agreement was signed between ONDE, the ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, the ministry of Health, the ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, the ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Coordination of INDH and the Rabat city Council, to launch this major project and boost momentum throughout the Kingdom.

The same source noted that by announcing the implementation of the vast pan-African campaign "African Cities without Street Children", African cities, both at the national and continental levels, supported by ONDE, UCLGA (United Cities and Local Governments of Africa), the Network of Locally Elected Women in Africa (REFELA), are setting themselves the objectives of putting children at the heart of urban policy and restoring dignity to all street children.

The initiative aims to integrate the issue of street children into urban policy, governance, programs and development plans for cities and local territories and thus contribute to protecting children and ultimately eradicating the phenomenon of street children, often forgotten, in local and regional cities and territories in African countries, according to the statement.

This initiative is part of the implementation of the United Nations International Agenda for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, it added.

In concrete terms, each city involved will implement an adapted urban strategy for the reintegration of street children. A methodological and programmatic expertise for the operationalization of this dynamic will be prepared by ONDE. The UCLGA will ensure the monitoring and mobilization of cities, underlined ONDE, adding that UNICEF and international cooperation will have a supporting role in mobilizing technical expertise and financial resources.

Uniting committed actors on solid foundations, the action plan is based on the mobilization of as many African local and regional cities and territories as possible from the bottom up and according to a decentralized approach, the Observatory pointed out, noting that the commitment is formalized by memoranda of understanding with the presidents of the councils of African cities and local authorities. The main objective is to contribute to and reduce the number of street children in Africa by at least 25% by 2030.

One of the highlights of the official ceremony to launch the campaign was the signing of several agreements, before HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, between ONDE and UCLGA, and between ONDE and UNICEF, according to the same source, noting that the protection and reintegration of street children is one of the important components of the campaign.

Every 3 years, a global and analytical report will be prepared, ONDE said, noting that the results will be presented at each edition of the Africities Summit and shared among pan-African organizations and the United Nations as well as other African and international organizations working to protect African children.

Last modified : 25 November 2018

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