The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, together with the United Nations Development Programme, is in the midst of planning an age-friendly city, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today.
She said the main purpose of the project was to encourage more public participation in local planning with the aim of creating an environment that is child-, elderly- and disabled-friendly.
At the same time, the ministry was also considering a proposal to work with UNICEF towards realising the concept of a child-friendly city in Malaysia, said Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development.
“This concept envisions a town or community where the voice, needs, interests and rights of a child will be of the utmost priority in developing policies and programmes at the local government level.”
“Our cities have to be age-, child- and gender-friendly as we prepare ourselves for this change in social profile,” she said when closing the Malaysia Urban Forum 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Media Title: Borneo Post (KK)
Date: 19 Feb 2019