About the Project
|The United Nations through its Secretary General, has encouraged to promote “data collection and research on family issues and the impact of public policy on families” [A/70/61–E/2015/3], because “the very achievement of development goals depends on how well families are empowered to contribute to the achievement of those goals” [A/66/62–E/2011/4].|
With the intention of following the various calls of these calls, a global family expert group from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and America will develop pragmatic processes and procedures to assess how:
- family policies work to affect different social progress goals (as defined in the Sustainable Development Goalss) in different parts of the world;
- how the actions of non-government actors working in support of families contribute to the issue; and
- family attributes at household or national level impact on the effectiveness of the previously identified family interventions.
Experts and Staff
Senior Education Specialist, UNICEF, Office of Research, Innocenti (Florence).
Policy Specialist at United Nations Development Programme (New York).
Director at the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne).
Professor on Family and social sustainability at Sophia University, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (Tokyo).
Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Queens College, City University of New York.
City Councilor of Barcelona (2011-2015 and 2017- ).
First Global Meeting - Barcelona
|The first Global Meeting (Barcelona, 10-11 November 2016) has defined the chapter content and structures, timelines for deliverables, and expectations for the boundaries of the discussions in each paper of each sustainable development goal (target and indicator). The meeting also addressed expectations in the academic expert groups regarding the types of review and analysis required, quality assurance issues, as well as providing an early opportunity to share expertise and information on data sources and salient literature and policies.|
The welcome session was also attended by Josep Oliva (CaixaBank Foundation), Javier Vidal-Quadras (Secretary General, IFFD) and Xavier Trias (former Mayor of Barcelona).
Second Global Meeting - San José de Costa Rica
The opening session of the second Global Meeting of SDGs & Families Project, held in San Jose on 23-25 May 2017, was inaugurated by the President of the Parliament of Costa Rica, Mr. Gonzalo Ramírez Zamora. The meeting gathered not only the members of the global research team, but also the United Nations Focal Point on Family, Mrs. Renata Kaczmarska, and some regional experts from Mexico and Brazil. The goal was to assess the development of the project, aimed to define well-being global family indicators.
The Deputy Mayor of San Jose, Mrs. Paula Vargas Ramírez, and several experts in family policies of the Municipality intervened in one of the sessions.
Third Global Meeting - New York City
The final Global Meeting took place in New York City from 7 to 8 December 2017. The first day of third meeting was devoted to the discussion of the finalization of each chapter, the synthesis report and the basic guidelines of the dissemination plan. During the second day, some external advisors from UN staff, permanent missions of member states and civil society representatives were part of the discussion and provided feedback about the project’s conclusions and recommendations.
The final main outcome of the project will be finished by April 2018 and the presentation will be on the occasion of the International Day of Families (15 May).