In a ground-breaking achievement for the UAE, Sharjah has been named a ‘Child- Friendly City’ (CFC) by Unicef in recognition of its outstanding efforts and accomplishments in the protection and promotion of children’s rights.

The accolade comes just three years after the emirate was named ‘Baby-Friendly City’ by the UN and World Health Organisation.

Sharjah has been crowned as the first city in the world to receive the UN’s prestigious title after successfully meeting the new international requirements and criteria launched by Unicef’s global CFC initiative and its new brand identity last month, to ensure the fulfillment of children’s rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The announcement was made during a special session for Sharjah’s children and youth held at the Consultative Council of Sharjah, in the presence of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Baby-Friendly Office.

Dr Sheikh Sultan, who received the official accreditation from Unicef, said: “Our key goal has been, and always will be, to provide the sound foundations for a society where everyone can participate in shaping a future that fits their ambitions and ours. And in spite of the technological evolution and changing tools of labour, it is the humans who will determine the direction and progress of societies and civilisations.” He thanked everyone who contributed to this achievement.

Addressing the children and youth, Sheikh Sultan stated: “Today, we are here for you and will always work for you. I want you to know that every effort undertaken by Sharjah is a responsibility for us and a fundamental right for you. And we will always strive to achieve more. This is why we established the Sharjah Children Shura Council and the Youth Shura Council, where you can be a major influence on your society and enhance your loyalty to the nation.”