Da Nang strives to become child-friendly city by 2030 hinh anh 1Da Nang strives to become child-friendly city by 2030  (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – The central city of Da Nang aims to become a child-friendly city in line with international standards by 2030.

Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Le Trung Chinh has approved and issued an action programme for children for the 2021-2030 period with many practical activities in order to achieve important goals in caring for children in the next 10 years.

Local children in special and difficult circumstances who need social support, and vulnerable children in the city will be the target group of the programme.

The city will focus on giving best care to all children on health and nutrition, protecting them from abuse, violence, exploitation and trafficking, supporting them in accessing quality education services and healthy entertainment and participating in appropriate children-related issues.

Da Nang strives to become child-friendly city by 2030 hinh anh 2Local children in special and difficult circumstances who need social support, and vulnerable children in the city will be the target group of the programme (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang strives to ensure all children under one year old are fully vaccinated with eight vaccines, as well as every child access clean water at home and school by 2025, and maintain the rate to 2030

Leaders of the city have directed Party committees and local authorities at all levels to issue directives and resolutions on children, and add the children-related targets in their socio-economic development programmes.

Attention should be paid to improving programmes, mechanisms and policies on child rights in line with the integration and development, and promoting communications activities to raise awareness of the target groups.

The model of child-friendly districts has been piloted and expanded.

In 2018, Da Nang gave a set of criteria to build a 'livable city'.

The set includes groups of criteria divided into six categories: human development, public management, public infrastructure, business environment, living conditions and socioeconomic affairs.

A detailed blueprint to turn those criteria into reality was requested by some representatives from a related agency at the event. Questions of how to evaluate the effectiveness of the new policy caught the attention of most attendants. The city authorities plan to set up a smart city and preserve local heritage simultaneously.

The term 'smart city' implied cities which are built with good public management, becoming a foundation for the harmonious and sustainable development of economy, politics, culture and society. Therefore, becoming a smart city was both Da Nang city’s goal and motivation.

In December 2016, the Asia institute of City Management (AiCM) announced that the central coastal city of Da Nang was the most livable place in Vietnam as a result of the yearlong study.

The institute commissioned the study to understand the development and challenges this city faces.

Unlike the larger metropolises of Hanoi and HCM City in which infrastructure was first built long ago, Da Nang City takes the advantage of starting afresh, the institute’s press release emphasised.

Located between the ancient town of Hoi An and the old capital of Hue, Da Nang City spans an area of 1,285 sq.km, with an estimated population of 1 million people in 2014, and expects to reach 1.5 million people by 2020 and 2.5 million by 2030. In November 2017, the city welcomed 21 leaders of member economies participating in the APEC 2017 Economic Leaders Week./.

VNA