At time of publication, this blog post stated that Minneapolis had already become a Child Friendly City. This has been corrected to reflect the fact that Minneapolis has signed an MOU to become a Child Friendly City.
On February 14, 2020, Minneapolis, Minnesota became one of three cities in the nation to sign an MOU to work towards becoming a Child Friendly City as designated by the United Nations. This MOU marks the beginning of a two-year process involving UNICEF USA that will help bring Minneapolis in line with the goals of UNICEF's Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI).
The CFCI is a UNICEF-led initiative that supports local governments in realizing the rights of children at the local level using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as its foundation. The United States in the only country in the world that has not ratified these rights.
Mayor Frey stated, "this brings Minneapolis into an international community of cities that strives to bring young people's voices into decision-making". One of NYLC's core values is youth voice and we are elated that Minneapolis is recognizing the contribution that young people are and can make in the world.
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for coverage of the event.