Cities for Children is a European Network which was first started in 2007 in the City of Stuttgart through support of Rober Bosch Stiftung. The network allows European cities to share more advanced thinking and concepts regarding how an urban environment can promote the happiness and wellbeing of its children, young people and parents. This network consists of 76 cities in total from 32 European countries and is supported by three patrons: the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and the Committee of the Regions support the Network as patrons.
Cities for Children has been created as a result of the challenging democratic situation in Europe and the questions surrounding the capability of our European cities in the future. The number of obese children is increasing significantly and low physical activity can lead to an on-set of chronic disease in adult life. There is a recognised need for European cities to reach out to their children and young people and provide for them and encourage them to lead as active a lifestyle as possible. Education is needed to teach children, young people and parents why a healthy lifestyle is important. The Network Cities for Children acts as a forum for major European cities which are pursuing advanced and viable policies in these areas. Cities for Children holds annual conferences every year and working groups.