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WFO - Celebrating the 2016 International Day of Families - May 15



Dear Members and Partners

As we are approaching May 15, when we will celebrate the 2016 International Day of Families, and as we have done in the last 10 years, the World Family Organization is supporting the theme suggested by the UN Focal Point on the Family “FAMILIES, healthy lives and sustainable future”.

Also, as every year, for the last 10 years, we will continue to shape our Celebrations on the themes adopted by the ECOSOC in preparation of our participation on it and also in preparation of our future Summits.

The ECOSOC HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM, since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, will be the central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

For the 2016 HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM organized by ECOSOC in NY, July 11 - 20, the theme is “ENSURING THAT NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND”.

In its preparation in late February the High Level Political Forum recognized that that achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs will depend on the strong and coordinated collaborative partnership between the governments and all non- state actors at all levels, including at the local level and the most upcoming challenges is to invest in its early steps of implementation by EVERYONE.

The World Family Organization’s Theme for the 2016 Celebrations of the International Day of Families is “DEALING WITH THE FUTURE: PROMOTING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SDGs AT LOCAL LEVEL ENSURING THAT NO FAMILY IS LEFT BEHIND”.

In the next few days WFO will send to all our members and partners a suggestion for organizing your Celebration Event.


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

This year's International Day of Families falls at a time of upheaval and tragedy for families around the world. The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations. Even in relatively stable societies, families still struggle with violence, discrimination and poverty.

Families are on the frontlines of our global efforts to realize the bold and inclusive 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are particularly essential to achieving SDG3, in which all United Nations Member States committed to promoting healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages.

Children thrive when they receive love as well as healthcare, education and other basics. During the sensitive time of adolescence, young people need emotional support along with reproductive health information and services. Young lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people suffer much higher suicide rates than the general population, making their safety and acceptance a matter of public health.

In many societies, women and girls experience discrimination and violence within the family, which can have serious and lifelong effects on their health and wellbeing. Family life is also crucial to the health of older people, who stay active and healthy when their contributions are appreciated in the family and community.

Governments must support the crucial role of families in all their diverse forms. They should provide access to reproductive health services so that parents can decide on the timing and size of their families. Maternal healthcare and paternal leave are also vital to enable parents to give their newborns the best possible start in life.

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.

Ban Ki-moon

UN - The Focal Point on the Family in the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD)

Theme: Families, healthy lives and sustainable future

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.

Source: UN
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