International Day of Families, 15 May

International Day of Families is observed every year on 15 May. Family is the basic unit of society. This day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the issues related to the families and to increase knowledge about the social, economic and demographic processes that affect them.

It is observed annually by the United Nations across the globe on 15 May. The day highlights the importance of families. The UN focuses on some important issues that are central to the well-being of families across the world like health, education, children’s rights, gender equality, work-family balance, and social inclusion among others.

Under economic distress poverty deepens, stress increases at times of uncertainty that may result in women and children violence. Therefore, it is necessary to support vulnerable families, those who have lost their income, have young children, older persons, and persons with disabilities, etc.

Family makes us feel secure, it gives us a feeling of having someone in life with whom we can share our problems, etc. And also it means to have respect for each other and responsibility.

International Day of Families not only promotes the importance of a healthy and well-balanced family but also enhances knowledge of the economic, demographic, and social processes that affect the families. This day is also celebrated by the Universal Peace Federation because they consider family as the miniature of a global community.

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the annual observances of the International Day of Families focused on the role of families and family policies for the achievement of SDGs 1-5 and SDG16. This year’s observance focuses on SDG13 that is Climate Change.
The main goal of the event is to focus on SDG 13 target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising, human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaption, impact reduction, and early warning.
The target of SDG 13.2 is to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning.

2022 Theme: Families and Urbanization

Urbanization is one of the most important megatrends shaping our world and the life and wellbeing of families worldwide.

Sustainable urbanization is related to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, such as SDG-1 (Poverty eradication); SDG-3 (Good health and well-being); SDG-11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable); and SDG-10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries).

These SDGs and their targets depend on how well urbanization is managed towards benefitting families and enhancing the well-being of all generations living in cities.

This year’s theme, “Families and Urbanization”, aims to raise awareness on the importance of sustainable, family-friendly urban policies.

With Agency Report