January 31, 2017
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. Read more
January 17, 2017
The Focal Point on the Family in the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the Department of Economic and Social affairs (UNDESA) organized an Expert Group Meeting on “Family policies and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda” held 12-
13 May 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York.
The meeting was held in response to several General Assembly and Economic and Social Council resolutions, in line with the overall objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes and aimed to emphasize the importance of family-oriented policies for the achievement of several sustainable development goals and targets. Read more
April 7, 2016
The 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. Read more
March 21, 2016
Theme: Families, healthy lives and sustainable future
The central goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development focus on ending poverty, promoting shared economic prosperity, social development and people’s well-being while protecting the environment.
Families remain at the centre of social life ensuring the well-being of their members, educating and socializing children and youth and caring for young and old. From a policy perspective, taking families into account in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals has a potential to speed up the achievements of many targets relating to individuals’ well-being.
A number of family policies, such as those supporting the caregiving role of families, work-family balance for parents, empowering families to support their individual members’ health, education and well-being, have been found to contribute to overall development goals. Read more
December 21, 2015
The Focal Point on the Family in the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the Department of Economic and Social affairs (UNDESA) organized an international Expert Group Meeting on “Family policy development: achievements and challenges” held from 14 to 15 May, 2015 at UN headquarters in New York.
The objective of the Meeting was to provide Member States and other stakeholders with expert analysis regarding a number of issues impacting recent family policy developments. The participants offered expert opinion on recent trends and changes in family forms and structures in their respective regions. Read more