The city of Lucerne is officially the tenth “child-friendly municipality” in the canton. Her focus for the next four years will be on the areas of living space design, traffic safety as well as participation and equal opportunities for children and young people. With the capital, an important milestone was set in the canton of Lucerne in terms of child-friendliness. Check this news and more on Kenleaks Magazine.
Last Tuesday, UNICEF Switzerland and Liechtenstein named the city of Lucerne a “child-friendly community”. Due to the current pandemic situation, the award took place on a small scale and, unfortunately, without the presence of children. The label stands for the efforts of a community to take into account the concerns and needs of children and young people and to make their living environment more child-friendly. Anja Bernet, Head of Child-Friendly Community and Urban Development at UNICEF Switzerland and Liechtenstein: “The City of Lucerne has made use of this process and has already impressively begun to develop a holistic culture of co-determination and participation for children and young people in public life in the city. It is more important than ever that children and young people are granted their rights and that a stronger coexistence can develop. We congratulate the city on this strong commitment and look forward to our continued partnership. “
Focus on four subject areas
The catalog of measures drawn up by the City of Lucerne is based on four subject areas. These were defined as part of the certification process based on a survey of over 700 children and young people and comprise a total of 22 measures. With regard to the design of the living space, provision is sometimes made to create high-quality green and open spaces for children and young people. Lucerne is also planning to optimize road safety in the city. For this purpose, 30 km / h zones are planned on suitable cantonal road sections as well as safety-related renovations of pedestrian crossings and the revision of the structure plans for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. In addition, the city of Lucerne has set itself the goal of introducing participation standards, to create a voice and a culture of participation for children and young people. Lucerne also focuses on equal opportunities for all population groups. For example, early detection and early intervention measures should ensure that children and young people receive needs-based support.
Challenges – limited space and systematisation of the label
Space in the city of Lucerne is scarce. It will be all the more challenging in the coming years to create appropriate free spaces for children and young people, to design them adequately and to make them playable. Another task for the current actors will be to systematically systematize the processes and vessels of child-friendliness in the administration so that it is ensured that the process of the label “child-friendly community” continues to be guaranteed even if the person in charge changes.
Tenth “child-friendly community” in the canton of Lucerne
With the capital, an important milestone was set in the canton of Lucerne in terms of child-friendliness. The city of Lucerne is already the tenth municipality in the canton of Lucerne to receive the award. The following 45 municipalities and cities in Switzerland and Liechtenstein are certified or recertified:
These are: Aarau (AG), Beringen (SH ), Bern (BE ), Eschen (FL ), Flawil (SG ), Freienwil (AG ), Geneva (GE ), Grenchen (SO ), Knutwil (LU ), Kriens ( LU ), Luzern (LU ), Menznau (LU ), Möriken-Wildegg (AG ), Neuenkirch (LU ), Rekingen (AG ), Rüdlingen (SH ), Ruggell (FL ), Stein am Rhein (SH ), Sursee (LU ), Thayngen (SH ), Therwil (BL ),Thun (BE ), Triengen (LU ), Wettingen (AG ), Wolhusen (LU ).
“Child-friendly communities” that have already been recertified are: Arbon (TG ), Arlesheim (BL ), Baden (AG ), Basel (BS ), Blauen (BL ), Fehraltorf (ZH ), Frauenfeld (TG ), Hitzkirch (LU ), Laupersdorf ( SO ), Lausanne (VD ), Lyss (BE ), Rapperswil-Jona (SG ), Reinach (BL ), Riehen (BS ), Sion (VS ), Teufen (AR ), Uznach (SG ), Wauwil (LU ), Wil (SG ), Zug (ZG).
More information about the UNICEF “Child-friendly community” initiative: