Sabina Suri, Sr. Research Fellow, CFSC Initiative participated and presented on the theme: "Envisioning Child Friendly Cities" at an International Symposium at Kolkata on 27-28 January 2016. This international symposium was organized by IIT Kharagpur in partnership with Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA).

Sabina Suri, Sr. Research Fellow, CFSC Initiative made a presentation on "Building Cities for Children" at a conference organized by Amity University, Noida on 7 January 2016. The theme of the conference was Exploring the Role of CSR in delivering Sustainable Smart Cities and the presentation was part of a session on Smart Interactive Spaces.

Team attended Kaleidoscope 2015: A National Conference on Child Rights – Participation and Play in the Urban Context, on 30 Nov. and 1 Dec. at Mumbai. The Director, NIUA gave a talk on the importance of looking at cities from the children's perspective at the valedictory session of the conference

NIUA team members attended a special session on Integrating Safe in Smart - Making Cities Safe for Women and Children at the 2nd South Asian Cities Summit at New Delhi on 22-23 May, 2015

Participated in PrepCom II at Nairobi, Kenya between 13-17 April 2015 to scope and identify platforms for engagement on children's issues in the urbanization process. The idea was to bring back insights and learnings to chart out and enhance engagement over the next year in the lead up to the Habitat III in 2016

A national conference ‘Small Children, Big Cities: Building Smart Child-Friendly Cities for 21st-century India’, was held on 28 and 29 November 2014 in New Delhi, India. This conference organized by the Bernard van Leer Foundation with support from the National Institute of Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India was inaugurated by Mr. Mr Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, Government of India. The conference was a step towards a pioneering initiative where people, institutions and governments discussed ways in which inclusive, livable and smart cities, being envisaged for the future will respond and accommodate children. The conference explored sustainable cities from the perspective of children. Participants included government officials, mayors and city managers, urban experts from India and abroad, professionals engaged in urban design, planning and infrastructure development, in addition to NGOs, activists, educationalists and cultural workers. They shared best practices and innovations from India and around the world and deliberated on strategies and approaches to the subject of child friendly cities in India, which by their very nature are also applicable to the needs of women and the aged. Fifty children from different cities participated in the conference. The participants deliberated on issues concerning urban infrastructure and services, such as housing, water supply and sanitation, healthcare and early childhood services, as well as issues regarding the quality of recreational spaces for children, the transportation and mobility needs of children, and the safety of children in our cities.

  1. 1. International Symposium on Livable Habitat and Sustainable Urban Agenda, Kolkata, January 2016
  2. 2. Exploring the Role of CSR in delivering Sustainable Smart Cities, Noida, January 2016
  3. 3. Kaleidoscope 2015: National Conference on Child Rights – Participation and Play in the Urban Context, Mumbai, November 2015
  4. 4. 2nd South Asian Cities Summit, New Delhi, May 2015
  5. 5. Prepcom 2, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2015
  6. 6. Small Children, Big Cities, New Delhi, November 2014