International Children’s City Congress
The cities we build both meet our needs and create new areas of need for us. Our cities are structured for adults and healthy individuals, but it is important to understand the challenges and obstacles these cities present to our children who constitute one third of society. At present, the needs and priorities of children do not get enough attention in central and local government programs. According to both national and international regulations, as the organizations closest to the environment in which the child lives, local governments have been assigned tasks related to the subject. The importance given to children has been increasing day by day since January 27, 1995 when the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child became part of Turkey’s domestic law. With this, great responsibilities fell to local governments. While local governments are organizing livable and sustainable cities, they must maintain the communication between children, the most important members of the society, and the space.
In order to design and manage livable cities for all, we support policies and practices that focus on people and nature as the most basic elements of sustainable city life. For this reason, we are conducting a congressional program, supported by workshops with a participatory approach in addition to evaluations by experts in their fields, called Children’s City in which children are offered a forum to discuss their needs and problems.
The First International Children's City Congress discussed the relationship between children and cities under the theme "Together with Children for Children" in 2015.
In the Second International Children's City Congress organized in 2016, the interaction between what immigrant children faced and their new city was examined under the theme of "A City for Immigrant Children".
The Children's City Congress has two main purposes:
• To raise awareness about children (population below age 18) who make up about a third of Turkey's population, in those who manage the cities (local and central) and in city employees (such as academics, designers and civil society experts).
• To discover the obstacles children face in urban life and to propose solutions, projects and international examples to overcome these obstacles.
Detailed information can be found at: www.cocukvesehir.org