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A/RES/47/237


General Assembly

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20 September 1993

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                                                     A/RES/47/237
                                                     112th plenary meeting
                                                     20 September 1993
 
                   International Year of the Family
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Reaffirming its resolutions of 44/82 of 8 December 1989, 45/133 of 14
December 1990 and 46/92 of 16 December 1991 concerning the International Year
of the Family, as expressions of the determination of the peoples of the
United Nations to promote social progress and the better standards of life in
larger freedom,
 
     Recalling that major United Nations instruments on human rights and
social policy, as well as relevant global plans and programmes of action, call
for the widest possible protection and assistance to be accorded to the
family,
 
     Convinced that equality between the sexes, women's equal participation in
employment and shared parental responsibility are essential elements of modern
family policy,
 
     Conscious of the existence of various concepts of the family in different
social, cultural and political systems,
 
     Aware, at the same time, that families are the fullest reflection, at the
grass-roots level, of the strengths and weaknesses of the social and
developmental welfare environment, and as such offer a uniquely comprehensive
and synthesizing approach to social issues,
 
     Realizing that families, as basic units of social life, are major agents
of sustainable development at all levels of society and that their
contribution to that process is crucial for its success,
 
     Stressing that the observance of the Year in 1994 will immediately
precede the celebration of the family of nations of the historic fiftieth
anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations,
 
     Having considered the report of the Secretary-General, submitted to the
Commission for Social Development at its thirty-third session, on the state of
preparations for the Year,
 
     1.  Takes note with appreciation of the report of the Secretary-General
on the state of preparations for the International Year of the Family;
 
     2.  Expresses its appreciation of the report of the Secretary-General for
a well-coordinated and impressive effort in the preliminary and preparatory
phases to the Year, despite resource constraints, and for the considerable
progress made towards its observance;
 
     3.  Notes with satisfaction that the Year has gained increasing support
at all levels and that the preparatory process has enhanced and strengthened
the substantive orientation of the Year;
 
     4.  Commends all Governments, specialized agencies and intergovernmental
and non-governmental organizations which have undertaken special efforts to
prepare for the observance of the Year;
 
     5.  Urges Governments, specialized agencies and intergovernmental and
non-governmental organizations, especially those which have not yet done so,
to intensify the efforts undertaken, inter alia, by the identification of
national coordinating mechanisms and the elaboration of national programmes of
action, in the preparations for and observance of the Year;
 
     6.  Welcomes the holding in 1993 of four regional and interregional
preparatory meetings of the Year, organized by the secretariat for the Year,
organized by the secretariat for the Year in the Department of Policy
Coordination and Sustainable Development of the Secretariat, in close
cooperation with the regional commissions, and hosted by the Governments of
China, Colombia, Malta and Tunisia;
 
     7.  Takes note with interest of the proposal by the Government of
Slovakia that the Bratislava International Centre of Family Studies be
affiliated with the United Nations;
 
     8.  Also takes note with interest of the results of the Expert Group
Meeting on the Social Consequences of Population Growth and Changing Social
Conditions, with Particular Emphasis on the Family, co-sponsored by the
Government of Germany and held at Vienna from 21 to 25 September 1992;
 
     9.  Also welcomes the active involvement of non-governmental
organizations in the preparatory process for the Year, including the major
global initiative, to convene a world non-governmental organization forum
entitled "Launching the International Year of the Family, 1994: Strengthening
Families for the Well-being of Individuals and Societies", to be held at
Valletta from 28 November to 2 December 1993, and calls upon all those
concerned to support the event in every possible manner;
 
    10.  Expresses its special gratitutde to Governments and other donors,
especially those in the private sector, which have generously responded to
earlier appeals to contribute resources to the Voluntary Fund for the
International Year of the Family;
 
    11.  Appeals to all Governments concerned and all other prospective donors
to pledge their contributions to the Voluntary Fund, notably during the
pledging segments of the regional and interregional preparatory meetings in
1993, with a view to releasing new funds for specific family-oriented
projects, particularly in developing countries, during both the Year and the
follow-up thereto;
 
    12.  Invites policy-making organs of specialized agencies and other bodies
in the United Nations system to consider, in the context of their substantive
mandates, the principles and objectives of the Year and follow-up action to
the Year for the benefit of the families of the world;
 
    13.  Also invites organizations and specialized agencies of the United
Nations system to include in their programme budgets for 1994 and 1995, as
appropriate, programme elements for the observance and follow-up to the Year;
 
    14.  Decides to devote one of its plenary meetings at its forty-eighth
session, in early December 1993, to launching the International Year of the
Family;
 
    15.  Also decides that, beginning in 1994, 15 May of every year shall be
observed as the International Day of Families;
 
    16.  Requests the Commission on Human Rights, the Population Commission
and the Commission on the Status of Women to include in the agenda of their
sessions in 1993 or 1994 consideration of the principles and objectives of the
Year in the context of their major areas of concern, and to propose specific
follow-up measures regarding human rights, population issues and the
advancement of women as each affects or is affected by families, including
family-oriented components of the World Conference on Human Rights, held at
Vienna from 14 to 25 June 1993, the International Conference on Population and
Development, to be held at Cairo from 5 to 13 September 1994, the World Summit
for Social Development, to be held at Copenhagen on 11 and 12 March 1995, and
the Fourth World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and
Peace, to be held in Beijing from 4 to 15 September 1995;
 
    17.  Further decides to devote two plenary meetings at its forty-ninth
session, in 1994, to the implementation of the follow-up to the Year, and to
designate those meetings as an international conference on families, which
should take place at an appropriate global policy-making level and in keeping
with the procedures and practices of the General Assembly;
 
    18.  Appeals to Member States as well as to all other participants in the
observance of the Year to highlight 1994 as a special occasion to benefit
families of the world in their quest for a better life for all, based on the
principle of subsdiarity, which seeks solutions to problems at the lowest
level of the social structure;
 
    19.  Calls for a concerted promotional and information campaign on behalf
of the Year at the national, regional and international levels, with the
strong participation of the mass media;
 
    20.  Requests the Secretary-General:
 
    (a)  To seek the views of States members of the Commission for Social
Development on the desirability of working out a declaration on the role,
responsibilities and rights of families on the occasion of the Year;
 
    (b)  To plan adequate resources, including staff, through redeployment in
the proposed programme budget for the biennium 1994-1995, with a view to
ensuring effective observance of and follow-up to the Year, commensurate with
its important principles and objectives;
 
    (c)  To continue taking specific measures, through all the communication
media at his disposal, particularly within the mandates of the Department of
Public Information of the Secretariat, to give widespread publicity to the
preparations for and observance of the Year, and to increase the dissemination
of information on the subject;
 
    (d)  To report on the observance of the Year at the national, regional and
international levels, and to submit specific proposals on the follow-up to the
Year, including a draft plan of action, if deemed appropriate, to the Assembly
at its fiftieth session;
 
    21.  Decides to consider the question of International Year of the Family
at its fiftieth session, on the basis of a report of the Secretary-General
under the item entitled "Social development".