Cities for Children
The European Network Cities for Children was initiated by the City of Stuttgart with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2007. The Network offers European cities the possibility to exchange and to develop progressive concepts across national borders on how to promote the well-being of children, young persons and parents in the urban environment. It has been created in the view of the demographic situation in Europe which constitutes an enormous challenge for the long-term viability of our cities.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and The Committee of the Regions support the Network as patrons.
76 cities from 32 European countries actively take part in the Network activities.
7th Annual Conference of the Network
13th and 14th of May 2013
The perspective of well-being of children and young people encompasses an understanding that recognises different psychological, physical and social dimensions of children´s lives. Healthy nutrition and physical activity are among the most important factors for a healthy development of children and adolescents. The number of overweight children is increasing dramatically. Too little physical activity and bad eating habits can lead to chronic diseases in adult life. Therefore, it is necessary for the cities to reach out to as many children and adolescents as possible and get them used to a healthy way of life as soon as possible.
How can we reach people of all educational and social levels? How can we make them aware of the importance of this topic? How can we get first the parents, second the nurseries, the teachers and other people who spend much time with children and adolescents involved?
These and other questions were discussed at the annual conference 2013.
For more Information about the Annual Conference 2013 click here.