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FAMILIES IN BALANCE: Working our way towards Sustainable Development - Making Decent Work and Social Protection a Global Reality for All Family Members

The World Family Summit +7 was hosted by the World Family Organization, in partnership with the General Women's Union of UAE, UN DESA ECOSOC Office for Support and Coordination, the UN DESA NGO Branch and the UN NGO Inter-Regional Network (NGO-IRENE) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 5 to 7 December 2011.

Encompassing with the theme of the 2012 UN ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review, "Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the Millennium Development Goals", the theme for our World Family Summit +7 is: Families in Balance: Working our way towards Sustainable Development - Making Decent Work and Social Protection a Global Reality for All Family Members.

The global economic and financial crisis has had wide-ranging impacts on families all over the world, and has resulted in a significant increase in the number of families vulnerable to poverty. In particular, increasing food prices and high levels of unemployment have placed renewed pressure on the ability of governments and NGOs to meet the targets set out in MDG1.

The World Family Summit +7 committed to introduce a Family perspective to the achievement of MDG 1, which includes the implementation of the Decent Work Agenda, the Global Jobs Pact and Universal Social Protection, discussed these initiatives and presented ideas and new commitments which were registered in the World Family Summit +7 Abu Dhabi Declaration on MDG 1.

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