Dear Members, Friends and Visitors,
In the Eve of this New Year, I took some time for reflection about the work done during this last Executive Board Mandate (2002-2005), particularly this last year.
I have no doubt that we have a very positive outcome as a result of our join effort to consolidate WFO’s Mission, and implement a multi-year Strategic Framework where the main goal was to insert the Family issues in definitive in the International Agenda.
Preparing for and Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family was a enormous challenge when, in 2003, we decided to take the audacious initiative to call for a World Family Summit, linking the Family to development and involving all sectors of society. China was the first stage for this great event in December 2004.
The concrete achievement – the Sanya Declaration - lead us to renovated commitments towards preparing a Practical Plan of Action 2006-2015 to implement the Millennium Development Goals at the Local Level and in the Family, consecrated at the World Family Summit +1 held in Aracaju, Sergipe State, Brazil, in December 2005.
The work just accomplished in Aracaju is certainly a definitive contribution that the World Family Organization is giving to development. Our strategy to bring into light a new “social contract” between Local Authorities and Families, in which both take the concepts of partnership for development, establishes a new roadmap to bring the Millennium Development Goals into practical life.
These commitments were endorsed by 172 delegations geographically represented, including national, provincial and local governments, non-governmental organizations, academia, parliamentarian groups, judges and attorneys, media, the business community and the civil society, who solemnly declared their firm political will to bring the implementation to their local level.
Therefore we have many reasons to celebrate the accomplishment of the proposed goals for the 2002-2005 Mandate!
Of course this would not have been possible without the valuable involvement of all our Members, who actively supported and committed themselves to our result-oriented goals, as well as the elected Members of the Executive Board. Many thanks to all Members.
I would also like to mention the United Nations team who were fundamental actors in bringing our aspirations into reality, as the Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan, the UNDESA Office for ECOSOC Support, Mr. Sarbuland Khan, the Chief of NGO Section, Dr. Hanifa Mezoui, the Director of
Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Mr. Guido Bertucci, the Senior Interregional Advisor, Mrs. Najet Karaborni, among many others.
Our special thanks to the Governments of Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Jordan, Libya, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates for their strong technical and financial support to strength the Organization’s work.
For their strong support in the organizing and hosting the World Family Summits, we are very grateful to Minister Zhang Weiqing from China, Governor João Alves Filho and Senator Maria do Carmo Alves from Brazil and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah from Jordan.
According to the decision of WFO General Assembly a new team starts the 2006-2009 Mandate, which I continue to have the privilege to preside. New challenges are before us, but also revigorated energies to set in motion advancements. The new joint work with the UNDP in the Program on Innovative Partnerships will give us the opportunity to reach millions of local authorities and families all over the world to bring them the benefits of development.
Strengthening the UN-NGO-IRENE will give us the opportunity to reach millions of grass-root organizations and help them to be inserted in the UN System.
The reformulated Program on Developing Local Health Systems will promote partnership between municipalities, NGOs and business community, to implement policies and programs focused on family health.
The Strategic Framework 2006-2009, approved by the General Assembly, will come into light in its final form by the end of March, carrying new policies and programs aimed at implementing the Practical Plan of Action 2006-2015 approved by the WFS+1.
The year of 2006 is starting full of promises and challenges. Our hopes for a better future to all families of the world will make our commitments to be present everyday on our desks reminding us our responsibilities in constructing the world that we want to the future generations.
May 2006 bring to all of us the real chance to enjoy Global Peace, Security, Development, Dialog, Tolerance and Respect to Human Rights!
Happy New Year!