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The Role of Families and Family Policies in Achieving Inclusive Societies

2018 International Day of FamiliesThe implementation, success, and sustainability of SDGs 16 and 11 are greatly dependent on a family focused approach that takes into consideration the contexts within which decisions about laws, policies, and programmes are made. Isolated approaches that target individuals without consideration of the larger family environments in which they are embedded are destined to fail. It is thus, imperative that families in all their various forms, need to be recognized, targeted, strengthened, and supported.

SDG16 promoting peaceful and inclusive societies relies on families to create and raise the next generation of peaceful, stable citizens and productive workers. Encouraging positive child and youth development is a key component of this goal, as well as stabilizing family environments through strengthening family relationships and providing basic financial stability. The eradication of poverty is key to decreasing stressors on families.

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EGM on Family Policies for Inclusive Societies, 15-16 May, 2018

EGM on Family Policies for Inclusive Societies, 15-16 May, 2018

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 for inclusive societies”, 15-16 May 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York. In its recent resolution on family issues, the General Assembly invited Member States to invest in a variety of family-oriented policies and programmes, as important tools for, inter alia, fighting poverty, social exclusion and inequality, promoting work-family balance and gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and advancing social integration and inter-generational solidarity, to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The importance of family policies for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1-5 relating to poverty and hunger reduction, health, education and gender equality was addressed by expert group meetings held in 2015 and 2016. Read more

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Implementation of the objectives of IYF and its follow-up processes, 21 November 2018

Family PhotoThe present report on the “Implementation of the objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes” is submitted in response to General Assembly resolution 71/163. The report focuses on recent initiatives towards the implementation of the objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes by Member States, United Nations entities and civil society.

The report aims to contribute to the systematic exchange of good practices in family policymaking.

Implementation of the objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes
A/73/61–E/2018/4 English | Français | Español | Русский | عربي | 汉语

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Implementation of the objectives of IYF, 18 July 2017

2017 International Day of FamiliesThe report on “Implementation of the objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes” is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 71/163.

The focus of the report is the implementation of the objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes and the contribution of family policies to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the areas of the reduction of poverty and social exclusion, work-family balance and gender equality, and the promotion of social integration and inter-generational solidarity.

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Implementation of the objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes, A/72/166
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International Day of Families, 15 May 2018

2018 International Day of FamiliesThe 2018 annual observance of the International Day of Families with a theme “Families and inclusive societies” will explore the role of families and family policies in advancing Sustainable Development Goal 16 in terms of  Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

The event is open to the public and will be held on 15 May, 1:15 – 2:30 at UN Headquarters in New York.

For more information about the Day, please click HERE.

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