Dear Members, Partners and Friends
The Celebration of the 2016 International Day of Families is the first one after the historical adoption of the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit.
By selecting the theme of this year Celebrations “DEALING WITH THE FUTURE: PROMOTING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SDGs AT LOCAL LEVEL, ENSURING THAT NO FAMILY IS LEFT BEHIND” we are shaping our discussions on the essential concept of the 2030 Agenda which is “Leave No One Behind”.
We all welcomed that the Agenda 2030 defined itself as a plan of action for people, for planet, for peace, for partnership and for prosperity and therefore eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimension is the great global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, demanding transformative steps to ensure that no one is left behind.
Families are a very powerful agents for sustainable development, bearing the primary responsibility for the care, development and protection of its members. Reducing family poverty is the primary and most significant transformative step towards a resilient path, in a collective journey leaving no one behind.
Ensuring income and basic social security and social assistance, strengthening families capabilities by enhancing access to education, training opportunities, health coverage and access to quality public services, reinforcing family cohesion, gender equality, intergenerational solidarity and it's caregiving functions, addressing violence within families, increasing family resilience against conflicts and wars, building familyfriendly cities and human settlements with sustainable production and consumption patterns, are efficient actions to be taken to ensure that no family will be left behind.
In this year celebrations activities let's reaffirm our commitments to advocate for familyfriendly policy formulation and for familyfriendly services delivery, especially at the local level, and in a very decisive way to include families in the sustainable development goals implementation processes.
LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND...
Happy International Day of Families!
Dr. Deisi Kusztra
World Family Organization