A handbook on child-responsive urban planning

Shaping urbanisation for children: A handbook on child-responsive urban planning (UNICEF May 2018)

This publication from UNICEF calls all urban stakeholders to invest in child-responsive urban planning, recognising that cities are not only drivers of prosperity, but also of inequity. Through 10 Children’s Rights and Urban Planning principles, the handbook presents concepts, evidence, tools and promising practices to create thriving and equitable cities where children live in healthy, safe, inclusive, green and prosperous communities. By focusing on children, it provides guidance on the central role that urban planning should play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, from a global perspective to a local context.

The recognition of childhood as a crucial time for children to gain access to the urban setting and enjoy its advantages, is key to define spatial solutions for all ages. Child-responsive urban settings resonate qualities that many scholars have described as conceptual standards for sustainable neighbourhoods and cities: urban scales, proximity, walkability, mixed use, public space, independent mobility and connectivity.

Children’s Rights and Urban Planning Principles

By adopting 10 Children’s Rights and Urban Planning Principles cities will not only support children’s development, but thrive as homes for future generations. See page 5 for list of 10 Children’s Rights.

Who is the handbook for

The handbook aims to inspire everyone involved in planning, designing, transforming, building and managing the built environment. See page 6.

The purpose of the handbook

Convincing stakeholders that shaping cities for children is the best thing to do will benefit not only children, but all current and future citizens. The reader can refer to the handbook for different purposes. For purposes see page 8.

How to use the handbook

The handbook is composed of two major parts:

Part 1 builds the case for child-responsive urban planning and argues that every stakeholder has a role to play

Part 2 provides technical support for urban planning stakeholders in their daily practice: urban planning professionals, civil servants in charge of city development plans and projects that impact the urban environment, and project managers in real estate development and community development managers. See Page 9.

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