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International Day of Families 2016

“I call on governments, businesses, institutions and other partners to recognize that caregiving is an essential part of family life. Everyone needs care from family members at some point in their lives – and all should be able to provide that care when the need arises.
Promoting supportive family environments and positive parenting through policies and laws can help families raise healthy, happy children who can grow into valued, productive adults.
Leaving no one behind means leaving no family behind.
On this International Day of Families, let us resolve to advance sustainable development by creating a supportive environment where all family members of all ages can realize their potential to contribute to our world.”

UN Secretary-General’s Message for the International Day of Families 2016.

International Day of Families 2016
2016 International Day of Families’ Theme
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. Still, a broad range of family policies enacted at national levels and relating to different facets of family life have an often untapped potential to further contribute to the achievement of many national development goals.
In particular, family-oriented policies can contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 1 to 5 relating to doing away with poverty and hunger; ensuring healthy lives and promoting of well-being for all ages; ensuring educational opportunities throughout the lifespan and achieving gender equality.
The theme of this year’s observance of the International Day of Families focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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International Day of Families 2016

Panel Discussion in Observance of the International Day
at the United Nations Headquarters (12 May 2016)

Dominic Richardson
Senior Education Specialist, UNICEF, Office of Research, Innocenti
Families, family policies and Sustainable Development Goals
Daryl Higgins
Associate Professor, Deputy Director (Research), Australian Institute of Family Studies
Safe and supportive family environments and children’s well-being
Zitha Mokomane
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Work-family balance and health outcomes
Scott Behson
Professor of Management, Fairleigh Dickinson University
The effects of involved fatherhood on families & how fathers can be supported both at the workplaces and in the home
Rosario Esteinou
Senior Professor-Researcher, Center for Research and Professional Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico
Families, parents and youth well-being
Wendy Wang
Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center
Families, intergenerational transfers and well-being of older adults
Roundtable discussion with audience participation

Full video of the event.
International Day of Families 2016
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International Day of Families 2016
Expert Group Meeting

There is no one-size-fit-all framework for family policy as there is no single family model. However, family policies can be made and reformed to enable better outcomes as family units are the key to better childhood health, education and development. This was a perspective presented at an expert group meeting on family policies and sustainable development, with a particular focus on health and well-being. The meeting took place on 12-13 May at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the theme, “Family policies and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.” The sessions were held in the run up to the 2016 International Day of Families, observed globally on 15 May.
A featured panel discussed the role of family policy and its intersection with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, the meeting focused on families and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.

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Some news from around the world

· United Nations: Ban urges support during ‘heavy toll’ of crisis situations ...
· Malaysia: A timely reminder ...
· Philippines: It’s the International Day of Families today ...
· China: Beijing Women’s Federation promotes Int’l Family Day Event ...
· Mauritius: Families urged to develop and share core values ...
· Canada: Statement by the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development ...
· Zambia: Recognizing the importance of families ...
· Malta: Families, healthy lives and sustainable future ...
· UAE: A gift that lasts forever ...
· Bangla Desh: The changing Bangladeshi family ...
· India: Viral fever, washing utensils make them pine for their families ...
· Armenia: Family evolution or the consequences of migration ...
· China: 5·15 The interchange of family objects ...
· Germany: What is this day about? ...
· Ivory Coast: Message of the Minister for the promotion of women, family and child protection ...
· Germany: We need more time with our loved ones ...
· Belgium: What is the role of families in the online world? ...
· Nigeria: Celebration At Lagos House, Ikeja ...
· Vietnam: UN Secretary General calls for improved role of families ...
· Malaysia: Message of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ...
· The Cayman Islands joined the rest of the world in celebration ...
· South Africa: Message of the Minister of social development ...
· Spain: celebration in the city of Alicante ...
· Panama: Video on the occasion of the International Day ...
· Grenada: Message of the Minister of social development and housing...
· Nigeria: Message of the Minister of women affairs and social development ...
· Cuba: celebration of the International Day ...
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