International Seminar: ‘Urban Inequalities in Childhood and Adolescence: Urban Social and Political Rights’

Seminario Internacional Desigualdades Urbanas en la Infancia y la Adolescencia: Derechos y Politicas Sociales Urbanas July 3-4, 2013 || Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

On July 3rd and 4th, Equidad para la Infancia América Latina, Universidad Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), UNICEF, and Fundación ARCOR hosted the “International Seminar on Urban Inequalities in Childhood and Adolescence: Urban Social and Political Rights”.

More than 300 people from 11 different countries attended the event in Buenos Aires and around 600 people followed it online from the Equidad para la Infancia América Latina platform.

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Over 45 experts, researchers and practitioners from universities, foundations, governmental and non-governmental entities addressed some of the core dimensions of urban inequalities for children and adolescents over the two-day seminar. Discussions focused on key issues affecting access to education, health and recreation for children and adolescents including class, gender, ethnicity and migrations.

Participants discussed the necessity of generating, systematically collecting, and monitoring data on urban inequalities and the need to foster the participation of children and adolescents in local and municipal initiatives. Speakers also highlighted the importance of leveraging internet technologies and of sharing monitoring tools as well as successful strategies in order to foster effective public policies.

The Seminar’s main objective was to encourage debate among a multitude of participants including academics, local and national government staff, corporate foundations engaged in the wellbeing of children, and organizations from civil society, as well as governmental representatives from Colombia, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, Costa Rica, Paraguay, El Salvador, Spain, the U.S., and Italy.

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