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  May, 2005

Dr. Deisi Noeli Weber Kusztra


Message of the President on the Celebration of the International Day of Families

Dear Members, Friends and Visitors,

This May 15, 2005, for the 12th time, we are Celebrating Worldwide “The International Day of Families”. I wished that we could have a lot of good reasons for Celebrations.

Despite many efforts done by Governments and NGOs, as well as significant contributions done by Academia, Parliamentarians and Business Community, Families in all parts of the world continue to be threatened by poverty, violence, intolerance, armed conflicts, ignorance, global warming, drug abuse and crime, all of which adversely affect the family’s quality of life.

A decade ago, the Copenhagen Summit for Social Development raised many hopes and high expectations that the commitments done would promote a society for all with equity and equality of opportunity, foster social justice, cohesion and integration, promote productive employment, empower social groups making up its citizenship.

The three core issues of the Summit – poverty, employment and social integration - dealt with Social Development in a very comprehensive manner. It included improvements in individuals and family well-being through the enjoyment of human rights, the provision of economic opportunities, the reduction of poverty and the access to social protection and social services.

As we entered the 21st Century the concept of Globalization was on the top of all agendas. Globalization should be made to work for the benefit of everyone, to eradicate poverty and hunger globally, ensure protection and promotion of human rights globally, ensure the protection of our global environment and enforce social standards in the workplace globally. Globalization and advances of technology should create significant opportunities for people to connect, share and learn from each other.

The Millennium Summit held in 2000, brought to light the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals selecting eight specific areas, spelling out quantitative targets and a timeframe to achieve these goals. World leaders were confident that humanity could make measurable progress towards peace, security, disarmament, human rights, democracy, good governance, eradicate poverty, hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a global partnership for development.

Five years later, much has happened, but still numbers and facts are far from acceptable:

· 1,3 billion people live in extreme poverty.
· Almost half of humanity is trying to survive on less than US$ 2 a day.
· 786 million people suffer from chronic hunger.
· 60 million people suffer from famine (extreme hunger).
· 11 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday.
· 40 million is the number of men, women and children HIV/AIDS infected.
· 20 million is the number of men, women and children killed by HIV/AIDS.
· Over 40 countries have been scarred by violent conflict.
· 25 million is the number of internally displaced people.
· 12 million is the number of the global refugee population.
· Unemployment is one of the major threats in countries all over the world, especially affecting the youth.
· Terrorism, wars, corruption, money laundering, organized crime have jeopardize advances in development.

There is no need to say that Families are on the center of this scenario.

The Secretary General of the United Nations in his recent report “In larger freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all” stressed the complexity of these issues as well as the historical opportunity to move decisively, and to pass on our children a brighter inheritance than that bequeathed to any previous generation. He also declares: “…it is time to decide and we must be ambitious. Our actions must be urgent as the need and on the same scale. We must face immediately threats immediately. We must take advantage of an unprecedented consensus on how to promote global economic and social development, and we must forge a new consensus on how to confront new threats. Only by acting decisively now can we both confront the pressing security challenges and win a decisive victory in the global battle against poverty by 2015.”

As the Families of the 21st Century, no matter where we are and how different we may be, we have at least one thing in common: we all embody our hope for the future. It is our hope that the Sanya Declaration will become an efficient instrument to place family’s issues in definitive in the International Agenda, that through partnership we can act in the formulation and implementation of “family focused” public social policies to better face poverty and that we can become an important force to join the ambition of the Secretary General of United Nations in exercising and helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Let’s hope that our effort will help to alleviate the above mentioned scenario for 2006… till 2015!

To us all, Happy International Day of Families!

  Dr. Deisi Noeli Weber Kusztra
World Family Organization
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