Cuevas del Almanzora, recognized as a Child Friendly City by UNICEF

Cuevas del Almanzora has been a Child Friendly City since yesterday, becoming the fifth municipality in the province of Almería to hold this recognition.

The Secretariat of the Child Friendly Cities Initiative, made up of representatives of the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 203, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), the University Institute of ‘Needs and Rights of Children and Adolescents’ (IUNDIA) and UNICEF Spain, agreed yesterday to grant the City Council of Cuevas Del Almanzora the Recognition as a Child Friendly City within the framework of the IX Call for Recognitions 2021-2025.

This decision highlights the commitment and efforts of local entities to improve their public policies from a child rights perspective, equity, participation and accountability. It also recognizes the role of boys and girls on the political agenda., strengthening the commitment to listen to them and to incorporate the decisions made in the spaces of child and adolescent participation into local policies.

“From the Cuevas del Almanzora City Council, we have been working for years to put children at the center of our social and educational policies, with activities and preferred shares in this area. Hence, it is a great satisfaction to be one of the few towns in Almería to be recognized as a Child Friendly City ", He explained the Councilor for Education, Ana Maria Castro.

This is an added starting point to dedicate the next four years of the validity period of the recognition, to implement the actions provided for in the Childhood and Adolescence Plan, to listen to the children of their local childhood councils, to allocate resources and forge alliances, to obtain results that will be reported after two years using the indicators that have been established in that local plan for childhood and adolescence (PLIA). 

"This recognition highlights the work we do from the local government, in alliance with other actors, and especially with its recipients, the boys and girls, to protect and ensure compliance with your rights and lead the ongoing policy implementation process, in any circumstance, that have a tangible impact on their well-being ", Castro has affirmed.

The mayor thanked UNICEF for this recognition, that gives strength to continue working in this committed line to work for the rights of the child through concrete actions and measures, endowed with resources, in the short, medium and long term, focusing on the most vulnerable, with the commitment not to leave any child behind, offering each one of them the same opportunities to develop their full potential. "The progress of childhood is the progress of all", Ana Mari Castro has concluded.