Campaign “African Cities Without Street Children”

No city or country is today free from the phenomenon of children living on the streets.The importance of protecting these children is no longer needs to be demonstrated, especially since they are often victims of all kinds of abuse. ONDE has committed itself in this way by launching the pan-African campaign "For African cities without street children", during the 8th African Summit, which took place in Marrakech in November 2018, under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI and the effective Presidency of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem. This initiative, launched in partnership with the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG), aims to integrate the issue of children into urban policy, programs and development plans for cities and local territories. The objective is to eradicate this phenomenon in the cities and local and regional territories of African countries. In the long term, the aim is to reduce by at least 20% the number of children living on the streets by 2030. To achieve this, all African government officials and elected representatives were called upon to put in place mechanisms and a plan of action to ensure the protection and reintegration of street children. At the national level, the National Observatory for the Rights of the Child (ONDE) of the Kingdom of Morocco wants to show the way forward by making the capital of the Kingdom, Rabat, a pilot city, a model for Morocco and the African continent. In this way, other cities in the Kingdom and in Africa will be able to design, on the basis of the expertise deployed in Rabat, the strategy best suited to their local specificities.