A Cambodian delegation has been attending this week a meeting to discuss ways to make cities safer and more sustainable for children with their counterparts from 10 other cities across East Asia, in Surabaya, Indonesia.
According to a press release from UNICEF, the Cambodian delegation include H.E. Nuon Pharat, Deputy Governor of Phnom Penh Capital, Ms. Mom Chandany, Director of Phnom Penh Department of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation, as well as Ms. Debora Comini, UNICEF Cambodia Representative.
The ten cities present at the meeting represent a combined population of some 50 million people and experts predict their populations will continue to grow.
Through this meeting, we are hoping to be able to discuss various problems faced by cities when creating safe and friendly environment for children, the Mayor of Surabaya Ms. Tri Rismaharini said.
It is such a rare opportunity where mayors from different countries gather to share their experiences and hopefully inspire and benefit one another for many years to come, she added.
Key themes of this UNICEF-supported event include the impact of urbanisation in two critical periods of growth, the early years and adolescence, and innovative ways to ensure cities are child-friendly for all, especially those living in poverty. The mayors will also seek to craft a vision for city planning that ensures cities become more inclusive as they grow, providing opportunities and benefits for each and every child to whom they are home.
The future for hundreds of millions of children in South East Asia will be in big cities. It is a highly-urbanised region with seven of the top ten most populous cities in the world, said Ms. Karin Hulshof, Regional Director at UNICEF East Asia and Pacific. Cities can, and must, provide services that address all children's needs and rights. Shared lessons about how cities can support young people to reach their full potential will yield massive dividends for children, for cities and for nations.
Safe and sustainable cities are also an important pillar of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Agenda � the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity made by world leaders in 2015. Sustainable Development Goal 11 � Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable � requires all stakeholders to actively address urban risks, such as pollution, road accidents, drug-use and exclusion from basic health, education, social and child protection services.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press