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Hooshmand Alizadeh

Hooshmand Alizadeh

Academic rank: Associate Professor
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 22978245100
Faculty: Faculty of Art and Architecture
Address: Dept. of Urban planning and design Faculty of Art and Architecture University of Kurdistan, Pasdaran Boulevard Sanandaj, 6617715175
Phone: 08733666771


Child Friendly Cities project: Examining the idea of child-friendly city in Iranian context, focusing on the city of Sanandaj
The Kurdish city of Sanandaj,Child Friendly City, Iran’s urban development policy
Researchers Hooshmand Alizadeh


Based on the 7th Millennium Development Goal (MDG), the lives of one hundred million slum-dwellers, which 50 million of them are adolescents and young people, have to be improved by the year 2020. Regarding this and the outcome of the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which emphasized on the well-being of children as the ultimate indicator of a healthy habitat, Child friendly city became a platform to take forward the child rights agenda in urban planning and design in both the developing and the developed world. This imperative and the CFC Framework as 9 components -“building blocks” – are incentives to examine the nature of urban policy in Iranian context regarding the concept of Child Friendly Cities. The city of Sanandaj, one of the Kurdish cities in western Iran, is the case study to go further into the function of municipalities concerning this world wide concept. To do this, the research first reviews the general points of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, especially how Iran’s national government pursued this in general, then the urban policy is analysed to highlight any points which address the CFC framework. The last part of the research dealt with detail of Iran’s urban development policies in local areas to examine the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the local level where it has the greatest direct impact on children’s lives. In this part, Sanandaj’s master plan as a benchmark of urban policy and relating documents and the existing conditions of the city’s environment are examined to highlight the points of weaknesses and strengths in relation to the rights of the child any required policy and actions to develop a vision of a Child Friendly City.