Stenbock House - Today, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and Elle Kull, President of the Estonian National Committee of UNICEF, presented to Rakvere the title of Child and Youth Friendly City. The city earned the title by joining the UNICEF movement, which values, in addition to security and a happy environment for children, urban citizens awareness of children´rights.
In 2008 and 2009, the UNICEF Evaluation Committee observed a number of Estonian cities, and based on its findings it was decided to award this years child and youth friendliness certificate specifically to Rakvere. During the evaluation period, above all, collaboration between the city, business operators and non-profit associations improved.
The Prime Minister thanked the leaders and people of the City of Rakvere for their single-minded work towards making the urban environment more child friendly. For children to be able to feel happy in their home city matters not only to this one city but the entire nation and people, he said. The Prime Minister also expressed delight that there were already 12 Child Friendly Cities in Estonia.
Estonia joined the UNICEF movement in 2004, and the title has been previously earned by: Haapsalu, Jõhvi, Kunda, Kuressaare, Narva, Põlva, Pärnu, Saue, Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi. Amongst European cities, there are over two hundred title holders.
Also taking place at Stenbock House was the conclusion of a goodwill agreement between UNICEF Estonia and the Association of Estonian Cities. The objective of the collaboration is to shape society so that it is more child friendly and to search for opportunities, considering the local circumstances, for the improvement of the security, health and hobby education of children and youth, and for the promotion of child welfare and youth work.
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