13 May 2014

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Strong, Well-Functioning Families Reduce Poverty, Promote Gender Equality,


Says Secretary-General in Message


Following is UN Secretary-General’s message for the International Day of Families, 15 May:

As we commemorate this year’s International Day of Families, we recognize the meaningful contributions that families make to advancing the mission of the United Nations.

By providing economic and emotional sustenance to their members, families can raise productive, caring citizens committed to the common good.  Strong, well-functioning families, whatever form they may take, can help reduce poverty, improve the well-being of mothers, promote gender equality and uphold human rights.

Support for families is crucial to realizing their full potential.  That means factoring their needs into development policies, considering their circumstances in addressing conflicts, and advocating for the equal treatment of all families, regardless of their structure.  As we strive to usher in a more sustainable future, achieve the Millennium Development Goals, shape a new development agenda and combat climate change, let us mobilize the world’s families.

On this International Day of Families, let us strive to strengthen these small but critical units found in every society so that we may advance as one human family toward greater progress.

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