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UNICEF have announced Sharjah as the Middle East's first candidate for the organisation's Child Friendly City Initiative, aimed at guiding cities to include children's rights as a key component of their goals, policies, programmes and structures.

In light of this, the emirate has implemented numerous efforts, ranging from environmental, to ecological and societal factors, positioning them at to the top of its agenda.

The emirate has placed a focus on resident's well-being, sustainable practices, including the launch of Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign to support breastfeeding mothers and their access to health facilities, nurseries, public places and workplaces.

Sharjah also joined the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Cities programme and was officially accredited as the Middle East's first WHO Healthy City in 2015, after meeting 88 percent of the the scheme's 80 criteria.