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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

International Day of Families 2016, 15 May

Families in the sustainable development goals implementation processes.

This year’s International Day of Families falls at a time of upheaval and tragedy for families around the world. The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations. Even in relatively stable societies, families still struggle with violence, discrimination and poverty.

Families are on the frontlines of our global efforts to realize the bold and inclusive 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are particularly essential to achieving SDG3, in which all United Nations Member States committed to promoting healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages.

Children thrive when they receive love as well as healthcare, education and other basics. During the sensitive time of adolescence, young people need emotional support along with reproductive health information and services. Young lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people suffer much higher suicide rates than the general population, making their safety and acceptance a matter of public health.

In many societies, women and girls experience discrimination and violence within the family, which can have serious and lifelong effects on their health and wellbeing. Family life is also crucial to the health of older people, who stay active and healthy when their contributions are appreciated in the family and community.

Governments must support the crucial role of families in all their diverse forms. They should provide access to reproductive health services so that parents can decide on the timing and size of their families. Maternal healthcare and paternal leave are also vital to enable parents to give their newborns the best possible start in life.

I call on governments, businesses, institutions and other partners to recognize that caregiving is an essential part of family life. Everyone needs care from family members at some point in their lives – and all should be able to provide that care when the need arises.

Promoting supportive family environments and positive parenting through policies and laws can help families raise healthy, happy children who can grow into valued, productive adults.

Leaving no one behind means leaving no family behind.

On this International Day of Families, let us resolve to advance sustainable development by creating a supportive environment where all family members of all ages can realize their potential to contribute to our world.
Ban Ki-moon, Secratary General,
United Nations


Dear Members, Partners and Friends,
The Celebration of the 2016 International Day of Families is the first one after the historical adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals by the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

By selecting the theme of this year Celebrations “DEALING WITH THE FUTURE: PROMOTING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SDGs AT LOCAL LEVEL, ENSURING THAT NO FAMILY IS LEFT BEHIND” we are shaping our discussions on the essential concept of the 2030 Agenda which is “Leave No One Behind”.

We all welcomed that the Agenda 2030 defined itself as a plan of action for people, for planet, for peace, for partnership and for prosperity and therefore eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimension is the great global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, demanding transformative steps to ensure that no one is left behind.

 Families are a very powerful agents for sustainable development, bearing the primary responsibility for the care, development and protection of its members. Reducing family poverty is the primary and most significant transformative step towards a resilient path, in a collective journey leaving no one behind.

 Ensuring income and basic social security and social assistance, strengthening families capabilities by enhancing access to education, training opportunities, health coverage and access to quality public services, reinforcing family cohesion, gender equality, intergenerational solidarity and it's care­giving functions, addressing violence within families, increasing family resilience against conflicts and wars, building family­friendly cities and human settlements with sustainable production and consumption patterns, are efficient actions to be taken to ensure that no family will be left behind.
In this year celebrations activities let's reaffirm our commitments to advocate for family­friendly policy formulation and for family­friendly services delivery, especially at the local level, and in a very decisive way to include families in the sustainable development goals implementation processes.
 Happy International Day of Families!

 Dr. Deisi Kusztra
World Family Organization

The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to Families and to increase Knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting Family. This Day has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national Family Days. In many Countries, the International Day of Families provides an opportunity to hi...ghlight different areas of interest and importance to families. The central goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development focus on ending poverty, promoting shared economic prosperity, social development and people’s well-being while protecting the environment. United Nations

Panel Discussion: “Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families

Special event entitled “Families, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Future” on the occasion of the International Day of Families (15 May) Organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), 12 May 2016
International Day of Families 2016 Observance

 Thursday, 12 May 2016, 1:15-2:45
UN HQ New York Conference Room 12

International panel of experts will address the role of families and family policies for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

  • Safe and supporting family environment and children’s well-being
  • Work-family balance and health outcomes for all family members
  • Men in families and children’s health and educational outcomes
  • Families, parents and youth well-being
  • Families, intergenerational transfers and well-being of older adults

Resources :

Population and families - The World's Women 2015.
News :
- "Families, healthy lives and sustainable future " is the theme of the International Day of Families 2016.
- Moblizing for Action - World Family organization.
- World Family Summit 2015 – Transforming Our World. World Family Organization.
- What will the Family of the future look like? World Economic Forum
Can money buy you happiness? It depends on how you spend it! World Economic Forum


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