Child-friendly community development (CFCI)

Town Planning Youth Involvement

Niseko Town 2000, Niseko Town Basic Regulations of Community Development" which is said to be the constitution of the town, based on "mutual aid," which is the lesson of Takeo Arishima, a writer with a connection to the town. Stipulates "the right to participate in children's community development".

(Right to participate in community development for townspeople under the age of 20)
Article 11 Young people and children under the age of 20 are entitled to participate in town development suitable for their age.

Adolescents and children under the age of 20 also need a form of participation according to their age, and their opinions are an important asset of the town. We believe that the right of such children to participate should be guaranteed. The results of community development by adults will be immediately enjoyed by children.
On the other hand, while lowering the age at which children are subject to punishment, the current situation is that they are not seeking their political participation. Instead of giving priority to punishment, I think that Japan needs a system in which adults listen to children's voices seriously and reflect them in community development. It is important that children's participation is not formal (superficial) or temporary participation, but is constantly repeated in daily life and educational settings, and we must promote the creation of a mechanism for that purpose. ..
(Excerpt from the Niseko Town Basic Regulations of Community Development

Niseko Town Initiatives

Niseko Town, while utilizing the Child-Friendly Community Development (CFCI) Checklist advocated by the Japan Committee for UNICEF, we are proceeding with efforts to aggregate, confirm, and strengthen the implementation status of community development measures for children throughout the town. To go.
  • For two years from October 2018, we have been working on model validation of Japanese CFCI advocated by the Japan Committee for UNICEF.
  • From 2021, in order to realize child-friendly community development, we have established the Children's Future Division, which is the core of the vertically divided organization for child-related measures.
  • Niseko Town, children participate in community development through activities such as the "Children's Assembly" and the "Children's Community Development Committee."

What is a child-friendly community development project (CFCI)?

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (= Child Friendly Cities Initiative) is a global activity advocated by UNICEF to embody the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the local government level. It is important that children participate in community development as a member of society and their voices are reflected when asked how the town's business and budget are for children.
Child-friendly community development leads to community development that is friendly to all people, including the elderly and women, and has a high affinity with the SDGs, which are promoted by Niseko Town

Online forum
UNICEF Japanese CFCI model verification work completion report and future prospects

Niseko Town also participated in the online forum "UNICEF Japanese CFCI Model Verification Work Completion Report and Future Prospects" held on February 16, 2021 and reported the verification results of the model project for two years.
2020 as concrete measures of the degree, we report as follows.
  • 各所管の事務事業についてCFCIモデル構成要素チェックリストを作成
  • The agency WG summarizes the efforts of the entire Niseko Town
  • ニセコ町子どもにやさしいまちづくり委員会での評価の確認



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