Helsinki applies to join UNICEF’s Child Friendly Municipality process

The Helsinki City Board decided at their meeting of 19 October 2020 that Helsinki should apply to participate in the process aiming at recognition as a Child Friendly Municipality led by the UNICEF Finnish National Committee. UNICEF will select the municipalities for the process in January 2021.

Children’s rights and welfare are promoted in the City of Helsinki organization in diverse ways, both in the City divisions and in cooperation with non-profit organizations and other actors. The Child Friendly Municipality process would be integrated with the City of Helsinki process to promote health and welfare, which is based on respect for the values of human rights, equality and non-discrimination.

In addition to promoting children’s rights, UNICEF requires the following from all municipalities applying to participate in the process: (1) a coordinator and a coordination group with adequate time to carry out the work; (2) participation of children and young people in the process; and (3) commitment to disseminate good information to the municipality’s citizens on the goals and results of the process.

The Child Friendly Municipality model was created by the UNICEF Finnish National Committee on the basis of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNICEF’s global Child Friendly Cities Initiative. UNICEF supports the process with diverse training, with digital process management services, and with national benchmarking.

After completing the two-year process, a municipality can be granted recognition as a UNICEF Child Friendly Municipality. The recognition is granted for two years. 

A new building for Day Care Centre Pasila with capacity for 120 children

 The City Board approved an updated project plan for a new building to be constructed for Day Care Centre Pasila Northern (päiväkoti Pasila pohjoinen). The total floor space of the new building will be approximately 1,352 square metres, and the maximum price of construction is 6.2 million euros. The new building will provide approximately 120 new places for the needs of early childhood education. 

The project plan relates to the new building to be constructed for Day Care Centre Pasila Northern in Northern Pasila in the area known today as Maunulanpuisto. A new residential area is under construction in Northern Pasila, and the population of the area is growing rapidly. Currently the residential area has no services.

According to the projection of population growth in the area, the number of 1- to -6-year-old children in the Pasila district and in the Maunulanpuisto neighbourhood, which will constitute a part of the new Pasila in the future, will increase by approximately 700 during 2019–2033. By 2024, the number of children of early-childhood-education age will increase by 400 in the area. 

Finland’s first hybrid city block combining a tram depot and housing proposed for Laajasalo 

The City Board also approved, for their part, a detailed plan alteration that makes it possible to develop a new city block in Laajasalo combining a tram depot and housing. The new detailed plan solution enables the construction of a tram depot and related support facilities as well as housing built partially on top of the depot. The hybrid block, proposed to be built to the south of Reposalmentie, would be Finland’s first hybrid block combining a tram depot and housing. 

The new detailed plan provides the preconditions for the tram line included in the Crown Bridges (Kruunusillat) project as well as the tram and maintenance depot serving this project. At the same time, the new detailed plan enables the development of new housing in the maritime Helsinki in the vicinity of services and public transport connections. 

The final decision on the detailed plan alteration will be made by the City Council. 

The following projects also proceeded from the City Board to be considered by the City Council: an alteration to the detailed plan of the Saukonkatu residential block in Jätkäsaari, and a project plan for the renovation of the Untamo building of the Käpylä Comprehensive School. 

All decisions of the City Board meeting are available on the decisions release page. A decisions release is posted on the page until meeting minutes are published. City Board meeting minutes are available here. (All pages and documents are in Finnish.)