Child In The City International Seminar

'Children in the sustainable city'


The Child in the City International Seminar’s bringing together experts and policymakers from different relevant fields around a specific theme of the child-friendly city agenda. 

The Child in the City International Seminar are tailored to the specific needs of a city and therefore focused on one specific theme.


The main theme of this international seminar is Children in the sustainable city. 

Children are constructed as both the future at risk and the future solution for sustainable living. Cities all over the world are developing policies to make the urban environment more sustainable. At the same time global initiatives to make cities more child-friendly are increasingly important. We think this is the strategic moment to integrate sustainability with child-friendliness. Building sustainable cities should not only offer technical innovations but has social, economic and ecological dimensions as well.

A broad definition of sustainability should include children in at least two ways. First by designing policies that incorporate children’s needs: making sustainable solutions accessible to children. And secondly by giving children a voice – through educational programs – in creating sustainable policies. The aim of this seminar is to bring together expertise from both the disciplines of sustainability and urban childhood. How can we connect those fields in a way that both strengthens sustainable cities and children’s position in cities?

Within the overall theme of the seminar we want to address the following six subthemes:

  • Resilient public space: water and green
  • Urban planning: renewal and densification
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Placemaking and co-creation
  • Healthy public space
  • Inclusion and participation of children and youth

If you are interested in; presenting or organising a roundtable discussion on one or more of the mentioned topics you are invited to submit an abstract of with a maximum of 300 words before 18th of February 2019.

The Scientific Committee will access all submissions and provide feedback on submission on or before March 4, 2019.

Papers should contain:

  • A maximum of 300 words
  • The abstract must be clearly written in English
  • Relate to one or more of the seminar’s six sub-themes
  •  A clear link to child-friendliness and/or sustainability.

Source: Child in the City

  • This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Start date: 
Monday, May 20, 2019
End date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019