City honors World Youth and Children's Rights Day in Minneapolis

November 19, 2021

Mayor Jacob Frey has declared Nov. 20 “World Youth and Children’s Rights Day” in Minneapolis. The date marks the 32-year anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

City and community leaders discussed the importance of creating an inclusive, child responsive community that meets the needs of its youngest members and ensures their participation in local decision-making.

Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and the Minneapolis Health Department have been leading a two-year process toward recognition as a UNICEF Child Friendly City.

“As a city, we are committed to prioritizing the health, education, and well-being of every member of the community, especially children,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “We are proud to have made meaningful progress towards the Child Friendly City designation and are grateful for the ongoing work with UNICEF USA in making Minneapolis one of the first Child Friendly Cities in the nation.” 

Eight city landmarks, including the Lowry Bridge, I-35 W Bridge, Nicollet Mall, Target Plaza, Target Field, Capella Tower, IDS, US Bank Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center will be lit blue on Nov. 20 in honor of World Children & Youth Day.

Learn more about the Child Friendly Cities Initiative.