Family policies and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

EGM on “Family policies and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda”, 12 May 2016

Family policies and the 2030 Sustainable Development AgendaThe Focal Point on the Family in the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the Department of Economic and Social affairs (UNDESA) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Family policies and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda” to be held 12-13 May 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York.

The EGM will focus on a number of family policies and their contribution to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 1 to 4 as well as several cross cutting issues pertinent to SDG5.

Family policies and 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Governments enact a broad range of family policies and programmes relating to different facets of the life of families and individual family members, including couples, parents, children and older persons. Such policies have an often untapped potential to contribute to the achievement of many national development goals.

The very design, development, implementation and monitoring of family-oriented policies and programmes are essential for the success in achieving several goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, such as ending poverty in all its forms and ensuring food security and improved nutrition. Family policies can contribute to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Family-oriented policies also play an important role in ensuring better education outcomes for children. For instance programmes promoting positive parenting have a potential to boost child and youth school success and lifelong learning.

The objective of the EGM is to provide Member States and other stakeholders with expert analysis regarding a number of issues impacting recent family policy developments. The participants will offer expert opinion on the contribution of family policies and programmes to the achievement of several targets under Sustainable Development Goals 1-4. The meeting will conclude with recommendations for advancing several family policy areas relating to SDGs 1-4, such as ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages; ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and enacting family policies with a gender perspective.

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