2017 International Day of Families

2017 International Day of Families Theme: “Families, education and well-being”

This year’s observance of the International Day of Families focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. In particular, the Day is to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.

The Day will highlight the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and the importance of parental education for the welfare of children. It will focus on good practices for work-family balance to assist parents in their educational and caregiving roles. Good practices from the private sector in support of working parents, as well as youth and older persons in the workplace will also be highlighted.

The Day also aims to discuss the importance of ‘knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development’ (SDG4, target 4.7).

Background Note

Flyer of the Event on 18 May 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.


Biographical notes of panellists




Photos of the 2017 International Day of Families

Online Discussion

Join and Engage in a conversation on the following issues!

1. What is the role of families in promoting education and life-long learning of their family members?
2. Can media help parents, children and youth to develop healthy ‘media habits’ , using media for education and enhancing well-being?
3. Is parenting education a useful tool to promote well-being of all family members?
4. What are the respective roles of families, civil society and the private sector in promoting education and well-being?

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